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  • Difference between Parkinson and Parkinsonism

    Parkinson vs Parkinsonism

    Parkinson and Parkinsonism both are terms which comes under Medical / Health area. Parkinson and Parkinsonism both are are diseases (symptom). Check out the differences between Parkinsonism and Parkinson.


    Difference between Parkinson and Parkinsonism

    1. Parkinson is a movement disorder disease such as dystonia, rigidity, tremor, bradykinesia.
    2. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive degenerative disease, and idiopathic.
    3. It is a collection of syndromes which constitute this chronic progressive incurable neurodegenerative disease caused by the degeneration of dopamine neurons in the basal ganglia.


    1. Parkinsonism is to have symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
    2. Parkinsonism is the syndrome including the disease but also including similar symptoms from other causes as well.
    3. Parkinsonism ot secondary or atypical parkinson’s is also a manifestation of motor symptoms as well as a few non-motor symptoms which appear to mimic Parkinson’s disease but can actually be the result of another medical condition.

    More differences on Parkinson and Parkinsonism:

    Parkinsonism is the general condition in which someone has tremors at rest, stiffness, slowness, and balance problems. If a person has two or three of these, then he or she has parkinsonism. You do not have to have all four symptoms. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the most common specific cause of parkinsonism. However, there are other sources of parkinsonism – such as strokes and drug side-effects, as well as other neurodegenerative disorders (termed “Parkinson-plus syndromes”) – that are “brothers” of PD but not exactly PD.

    Parkinsonism is a generic term for a group of symptoms that can be seen in someone with Parkinson’s disease such as tremor, stiffness, and slowness of movement. There are several conditions other than Parkinson’s disease which can cause these symptoms. Parkinson disease is a specific disease process leading to these symptoms. A neurologist determines the cause of parkinsonism by taking a careful history, performing an examination, and sometimes by ordering blood tests or imaging procedures such as MRI.

    These are the main differences between Parkinson and Parkinsonism.

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