Parkinson's disease

Slow movements, a trembling hand ... everyday life is often difficult for people suffering from Parkinson's disease, and of course for those around them.

In France, 150, 000 people are affected by this condition. Parkinson's disease is of course very embarrassing for the patients themselves, but also for those around them.

It is incorrect to talk about Parkinson's disease. The most correct thing would be to talk about Parkinson's disease. The lesions are different from one patient to another. In all cases, it is a degenerative neurological condition affecting the central nervous system.

Parkinson's disease is unfortunately quite common and still quite mysterious. As early as 1817, James Parkinson gives a description of the disease, and today it is unclear exactly why it appears. Different treatments help to reduce symptoms.

Parkinson's disease mainly affects people aged 55 to 65, with a slight predominance among men, but it can affect much younger patients. It is the second leading cause of motor disability in the elderly, after stroke, and reaches nearly 2% of people over 65 years of age.

In France, it is estimated that around 150, 000 people suffer from Parkinson's disease (ten times less than Alzheimer's disease).

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Author: Sylvie Charbonnier.
Expert Consultant: Professor Pierre Césaro, Head of the Department of Neurology, Henri Mondor Hospital in Créteil.

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