Diagnose Parkinson’s disease using an algorithm

Dr Kara Wyant walks you through how to make a diagnosis using an algorithm that helps identify supportive criteria and red flags.

Kara J. Wyant, MD
Kara J. Wyant, MD
17th Dec 2023 • 1m read

Getting an accurate, early diagnosis of Parkinson’s is critical to managing symptoms. In this video, you’ll learn the key criteria that must be present for a diagnosis, from the critical physical exam findings to three supportive findings, as well as the five red flags that you should look out for that may indicate it is not a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

There are four important questions to consider when making the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease:

  1. Is the patient’s history consistent with Parkinson’s?
  2. Does their examination have signs of Parkinsonism?
  3. Are there supportive features? If yes, how many?
  4. Are there any red flags that would make you pause or consider other diagnoses? If so, count them.

This video lesson and the algorithm included in the course handbook both elaborate on the supportive features and red flags. So dive in and master your ability to diagnose Parkinson’s like a pro!

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