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"What are a few of the Parkinson's issues associated with advanced stages of the disease?"
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Parkinson's disease is a neurological disease noted to be associated with certain pathological findings in the substantia nigra within the brain and death of the cells within this region. Late stages of the disease include masked faces, magnetic gait, rigidity and slowness with movement as well as tremors at rest and late onset dementia. There are a variety of treatments to help alleviate the symptoms of the disease although there are no cures at this time. Certain medications including dopamine agonists are used to decrease the symptoms associated with the disease. There are also neurosurgical interventions that are available which involve deep brain stimulation (DBS). These can alleviate many of the symptoms that can be most troubling for patients and the effects last for quite some time. Studies have been performed on the efficacy of these medications and procedures and have been shown to be beneficial for alleviating the symptoms of these diseases. It is important to discuss this with your primary care doctor, who will be most helpful in evaluating your medical history and symptoms and explain to you the specifics related to your condition
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