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Ask the MD: Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease


Parkinson's is typically diagnosed around age 60 or later, so when symptoms begin at age 50 or earlier, it's referred to as young-onset. Estimates vary, but about 10 percent of people with Parkinson's may have young onset. 

Regardless of the age at diagnosis, the potential symtpoms and treatment options are largely the same. That being said, people with young-onset Parkinson's tend to experience certain symptoms more or less than others and they may take different approaches to treatment. They also may have a longer journey to reach a diagnosis and experience a slower overall progression of disease. 

During their course, they could face unique situations because of their roles in the workplace or family, as well as their high social and physical activity levels. (Younger individuals often are pulled in many directions as a product of their career, family and social activities.)

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