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Diagnosis of Parkinson Disease

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The diagnosis is suspected in people with:

  • Tremors
  • Slowness of movement
  • Stiffness
  • Balance problems

This is often enough to make the diagnosis. There are no tests to diagnose Parkinson disease.

Images may be taken to rule out other causes. This may be done with

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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD  Last Updated: 1/26/2021