How does the management of Parkinson disease (PD) differ in younger patients?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The younger the patient, the more emphasis the authors place on long-term considerations to guide early treatment. Young patients have a longer life expectancy and are more likely to develop motor fluctuations and dyskinesias. For older patients and those with cognitive impairment, less emphasis is placed on long-term considerations; instead, the focus is on providing adequate symptomatic benefit in the near term, with as few adverse effects as possible.


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