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ask: What is Paralysis Agitans?

By Jenny Housh HERWriter
 
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I have never heard of the term “paralysis agitans,” but hear it is related to Parkinson’s disease. What are the similarities or differences between the two? 

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Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Jenny Housh

Thanks for this question!

Most of us have never heard of Paralysis Agitans because it's actually another name for Parkinson's Disease. That's why you will hear it in the same breath as Parkinson's.  They are one and the same.

Paralysis Agitans is Latin for "skaking palsy" and this was the name given to the disease by Dr. James Parkinson. The name is now generally known as Parkinson's Disease after him, as he first analysed the symptoms and defined the disease. 

Read more here: 

http://www.empowher.com/parkinson039s-disease/content/what-paralysis-agi...

Has this cleared it up for you?

Best,

Susan

July 30, 2014 - 10:29am
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