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How can you tell the difference between Parkinson's disease and huntingtons?

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Dr. Reza Karimi
Neurosurgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: Very different

These are two very different diseases that can be readily differentiated by a clinical exam and history.
Parkinson's disease causes tremor, slow movements an rigidity. Hd typically leads to a movement disorder known as chorea.

In brief: Very different

These are two very different diseases that can be readily differentiated by a clinical exam and history.
Parkinson's disease causes tremor, slow movements an rigidity. Hd typically leads to a movement disorder known as chorea.
Dr. Reza Karimi
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
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In brief: Genes and jerks

Huntington's movements are present at rest and during activity, whereas parkinsonian movements tend to be at rest.
Hd movements can be abrupt, jerky, and quite variable from one minute to another and involve proximal limbs. Pd movements are rapid but regular, tremors, stereotyped and mainly involving distal limbs. Genetic tests can confirm hd but none exists yet for pd.

In brief: Genes and jerks

Huntington's movements are present at rest and during activity, whereas parkinsonian movements tend to be at rest.
Hd movements can be abrupt, jerky, and quite variable from one minute to another and involve proximal limbs. Pd movements are rapid but regular, tremors, stereotyped and mainly involving distal limbs. Genetic tests can confirm hd but none exists yet for pd.
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