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Parkinson’s disease

Key points

  • The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease often start on one side of your body first and then affect both sides.
  • Treatment for Parkinson’s disease aims to restore the levels of dopamine in your brain and control your symptoms.

Further information


  • Parkinson's disease. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries., published June 2009
  • Parkinson Disease. eMedicine., published 11 March 2013
  • Parkinson’s disease. Map of Medicine., published 16 July 2012
  • Joint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary. 65th ed. London: BMJ Group and Pharmaceutical Press; 2013
  • Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2003.
  • Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s UK., accessed 18 March 2013


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