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The approach of the patients with Parkinson’s disease at Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in World Xanit | Posted on 08-04-2019

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Nowadays, it is possible to significantly improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s patients by reducing the intensity of symptoms. However, when a person is diagnosed with the disease, both the patient and the family members are faced with many uncertainties about this neurodegenerative disease that affects more than one hundred and fifty thousand people in Spain alone.

On the occasion of World Parkinson’s Day, we want to unveil some of the myths about the disease and answer the most frequent questions asked in our consulting room:

  • Did you know that Parkinson’s origin is multifactorial? We are talking about the existence of susceptibility genes associated with external factors that set in motion the degeneration systems of neurons in general and dopaminergic neurons in particular.
  • Did you know that tremor is not the only symptom of Parkinson’s? Parkinson’s is a global disease and can affect several organ systems. Although tremor is one of the most recognised symptoms, other problems may arise, such as those with speed and accuracy of movements, clumsiness, or other brain symptoms whose intensity will progress if not properly treated. Over time, the disease affects other groups of neurons with the appearance of symptoms of many organ systems (mental, digestive, urinary, vasomotor, affective).
  • Did you know that Parkinson does not just affect the elderly? Although the prevalence of the disease increases with age, 5% of people suffering from this disease are under 40 years old.
  • Did you know that there are new avenues of research to reduce the intensity of symptoms? Further to drug use, there are also highly effective surgical strategies for symptom control. “Deep brain stimulation” by implanting a “pacemaker” in the brain nucleus, cell therapy for “neuro-restoration” of brain structures or the use of vaccines for the elimination of abnormal protein accumulations, are some of the most effective techniques. Besides, for specific cases of a genetic anomaly, gene therapy is also used.
  • Did you know there are many techniques to fight Parkinson’s? Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, music therapy or biofeetback play an essential role in the approach of Parkinson’s patients.

Here at Neuroscience Department of Vithas Xanit International Hospital, we know the importance of the comprehensive patient approach whereby several specialists jointly assess patients needs. For this reason, the work of our specialists is supported by a multidisciplinary team of psychologists, speech therapists and psychiatrists, who address the global needs of the patient and their families.

 

If you want more information, you can consult our Youtube channel where you will find different interviews:
Dr Víctor Campos
Director of the Neuroscience Department at Vithas Xanit International Hospital