Diagnosing Parkinson's Disease
How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?
Diagnosing Parkinson's in the early stages can be difficult. At first, signs and symptoms may look like other conditions or the effects of normal aging. For this reason, your doctor may want to monitor your symptoms for some time until they are consistently present.
Currently, there are no blood or lab tests to diagnose Parkinson's. Diagnosis of Parkinson's is based mainly on a medical history and thorough neurological exam. Brain scans or lab tests may be done to help rule out other diseases or conditions, but brain scans will usually be unrevealing. Sometimes your physician may trial medications used to replace dopamine.