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People with Parkinson’s disease may receive a misdiagnosis of corticobasal degeneration

As a rare condition that causes gradual worsening of symptoms concerning movement, speech, memory, and swallowing, corticobasal degeneration affects 5 in 100,000 people in the US every year.

Because the symptoms of this condition are very similar to those of Parkinson's, misdiagnosis can easily occur.

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What are the symptoms of corticobasal degeneration?

Usually, the symptoms of corticobasal degeneration worsen over time in frequency and intensity. Numerous symptoms of this condition are very similar to those of Parkinson's disease, which is why people who are at risk of developing the latter need to keep a close eye on their health and be examined by multiple specialists in order to receive the right diagnosis. The following symptoms are the most common in people with corticobasal degeneration:

  • difficulty controlling the limbs on one side of the body
  • muscle stiffness
  • tremors, jerky movements, and spasms
  • difficulty with balance and coordination
  • slow and slurred speech
  • symptoms of dementia, such as memory and visual problems
  • slow, effortful speech
  • difficulty swallowing

It is worthy of note that the symptoms of corticobasal degeneration initially affect one side of the body more than the other, as well as that this condition is a type of parkinsonism, which is another factor that makes accurate diagnosis challenging for medical professionals. Nevertheless, corticobasal degeneration is a different condition than Parkinson's disease, and doctors need to keep this crucial aspect in mind when assessing the health and symptoms of a patient.

What is the difference between corticobasal degeneration and Parkinson's disease?

Since the symptoms of corticobasal degeneration resemble those of Parkinson's disease, assigning a correct diagnosis is difficult in spite of the existence of certain typical clinical features. A very effective test in this respect is single-photon emission computed tomography, which, in people with corticobasal degeneration, presents original patterns that could facilitate differential diagnosis.

The most discriminating regions of interest of the brain of people with corticobasal degeneration and individuals with Parkinson's disease were the temporoinsular, frontal medial, and temporoparietal areas.

Accordingly, these regions of the brain respond differently in people with corticobasal degeneration than in those with Parkinson's disease. Medical researchers believe that photon emission computed tomography may be a precious tool for reinforcing the current clinical differential diagnosis of corticobasal degeneration and Parkinson's disease.

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To become eligible to file a claim, you must have a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and must have worked with paraquat for a long period of time.