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When Should Parkinson's Disease Patients Go To The Emergency Room?

When Should Parkinson's Disease Patients Go To The Emergency Room?

Topics: hospital

Educational Supplement #16

Joseph H. Friedman, M.D.
Clinical Professor Dept. Clinical Neuroscience, Brown University Medical School, Providence, R.I.
Director, APDA Information and Referral Center, Kent Hospital, Warwick, R.I.
Director, Neurohealth PD & Movement Disorder Center, Warwick, R.I.

A number of times we have heard the same story, "I went to the ER last week because my PD got so bad I couldn't stand it anymore!" And what did they do in the emergency room? They kept me wait six hours, did a chest x-ray, brain CT scan, cardiogram and a bunch of urine and blood tests and sent me home. And you know they didn't know anything about Parkinson's disease! They never heard of dyskinesias, of "off" periods or even some of my drugs."  Does this sound familiar ?  This brochure will examine when a PD patient should go to the ER and when they should not.


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