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Over a quarter of people living with Parkinson’s were initially misdiagnosed, study finds
Author: Joe McAweaneyPublished: 2 January 2020
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More than a quarter of people living with Parkinson’s were initially misdiagnosed, according to new research from charity Parkinson’s UK.
As part of the study, 2,000 people with Parkinson’s were asked a series of questions about their diagnosis. According to results, 26% of the participants were originally told they did not have Parkinson’s – with almost half of them being treated for a different condition.
The poll also found that women were more likely to be misdiagnosed than men.
Katie Goates, professional engagement manager at Parkinson’s UK, said: “One of the biggest challenges for Parkinson’s research is that there is no definitive test for Parkinson’s, and as a result we’ve heard of people being misdiagnosed with anything from a frozen shoulder or anxiety to a stroke.
“Our survey has shown that because of this people are being left in limbo and seeing their health deteriorate, which is unacceptable.”
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