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What symptoms of Parkinson's are associated with dying earlier?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Parkinson's disease (PD) isn't considered fatal, but people with PD have a shorter life expectancy than the general population. A study published in "Neurology" provides clues as to which patients are at higher risk of death. Researchers closely followed the disease progression of 230 patients with PD and found that being diagnosed later in life, scoring poorly on movement tests, experiencing psychotic symptoms and developing dementia were all associated with a shorter life expectancy. Men with PD were more likely to die early than women.

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