How are Parkinson's Plus Syndromes treated?

There is currently no cure for these diseases so neurologists' goal is to alleviate the symptoms. Some of the most troubling symptoms and their treatments are:

  • Rigidity and tremor, which may respond in some cases to a medication called levodopa
  • Dystonia, which may be alleviated by intramuscular injection of botulinum toxin.
  • Orthostatic hypotension (a sudden drop in blood pressure), which can be managed with increased liquid or salt intake, compression stockings, fludrocortisone, midodrine, and other drugs that raise blood pressure.
  • Depression, which may be treated by antidepressants.
  • Constipation, which is helped by increased dietary fiber or laxatives.
  • Male impotence, which may respond to medications, or a surgical procedure (penile implant).
  • Swallowing difficulties: a modified diet or sometimes an artificial feeding tube.

In addition, physical, occupational, speech, and nutrition therapy can all help people maintain function as long as possible. Adaptive and augmentative equipment can help people with atypical Parkinson's continue to remain mobile and ensure their safety.

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