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Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

May 2003
Volume 34 , Issue 5

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The patient with Parkinsonís disease

Sarah J. Dirks, DDS; Eleonore D. Paunovich, DDS, MSc; Geza T. Terezhalmy, DDS, MA; Laura K. Chiodo, MD

Pages: 379-393
PMID: 12795358

Parkinsonís disease is an idiopathic, slowly progressive disorder of the central nervous system characterized by resting tremor, muscular rigidity, slow and decreased movement (bradykinesia), and postural instability. In the United States, Parkinsonís disease is the fourth most common neurodegenerative disorder in the elderly, affecting an estimated half a million people. Oral health care providers can expect to be called upon to care for patients with this progressively debilitating disease. To provide competent care to patients with Parkinsonís disease, clinicians must understand the disease, its treatment, and its impact on the patientís ability to undergo and respond to dental care.

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