Man with Parkinson's disease consults his doctor

Man with Parkinson's disease consults his doctor

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. Parkinson's disease patient. Elderly man suffering from Parkinson's disease consults a general practice doctor. The doctor is discussing the prescription of a bottled drug. Parkinson's disease is characterised by a shuffling unbalanced walk, rigid posture and slow trembling movements. Parkinson's disease is caused by degeneration of nerve cells in the basal ganglia of the brain. This causes a lack of dopamine, a brain chemical required for proper motor activity. The disease occurs mainly in the elderly, and is more common in men. Drug treatment minimizes the symptoms.

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Keywords: condition, consultation, disease, disorder, elderly, elderly man, healthcare, man, medical, medicine, parkinson's, parkinson's disease, patient

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