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Striato Nigral Degeneration

"Striatonigral degeneration (SND) is sporadic, middle-aged on set degenerative disease of the nervous system which etiology is unknown."1 Those who have SND (Striato Nigral Degeneration) are the easiest to misdiagnose as Parkinson's Disease even though tremor at rest is somewhat uncommon in SND. A study done on autopsy once revealed that 5 out of the 10 studied showed a misdiagnosis. The reason's for this are twofold: Symptoms that help differentiate SND from other parkinsonisms include: Other Symptoms: Pet scans and Spect scans may show little change in dopamine levels. Remember, cell loss is the problem. Changes in the putamen region of the brain are often seen. Medicines include Sinemet®, Dopamine Agonists, Eldepryl, Symmetrel, pain medications and medications to treat other symptoms that may arise. Life expectancy is about 7 to 15 years. This is just an average.

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