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How often is Parkinson's disease fatal?
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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology
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In brief: It is not fatal
It is progressive at different speeds, some very slowly, some fast within a year for example--they end up being immobile and rigid--die of aspiration pneumonia, because in parkinson the muscles of the throat also do not work like the rest of the body.

In brief: It is not fatal
It is progressive at different speeds, some very slowly, some fast within a year for example--they end up being immobile and rigid--die of aspiration pneumonia, because in parkinson the muscles of the throat also do not work like the rest of the body.
Dr. Gamal Boutros
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In brief: Invariable
By far the majority of cases are age related and most occur after age 65.
Most patients have accumulated significant and profound disability by 10-15 yrs, and around 70% also have a dementia. Falling and infections create additional risk, and even demise. Hard to avoid the co-morbidities of aging such as heart attacks and stokes. So, parkinson's has no cure, so far, and does shorten life.

In brief: Invariable
By far the majority of cases are age related and most occur after age 65.
Most patients have accumulated significant and profound disability by 10-15 yrs, and around 70% also have a dementia. Falling and infections create additional risk, and even demise. Hard to avoid the co-morbidities of aging such as heart attacks and stokes. So, parkinson's has no cure, so far, and does shorten life.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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