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Get to know Parkinson's Disease and the next steps in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease symptoms

Incidence: over 6M people¹ affected worldwide in 2015

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This number is expected to double by 2040¹

About 1/10 people with Parkinson's are under 50 years old¹

Parkinson's disease symptoms  and progression1

Primary symptoms of Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease patient symptoms infographic indicating symptoms include tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; slowness of movement; rigidity or stiffness of the limbs or trunk; and impaired balance or coordination

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Men are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from Parkinson's disease

Men are  1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson's than women2

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Treatment typically starts with medication. Medications may help to reduce movement symptoms by increasing dopamine in the brain or mimicking its effects. The doctor will aim to find the medication or combination which provides the most appropriate benefit with the fewest side effects.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for approximately 4 years3,4 and your current medication is not working as well as it used to, it may be time to discuss other therapy options with your doctor.
Other treatments for movement disorders require a surgical procedure. The options range from Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), an Intestinal pump, Pallidotomy and Thalamotomy, and the non-surgical MRI focused ultrasound. It is important to discuss the best options that will manage your movement symptoms with your doctor.
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It's important to discuss all options that may manage your movement symptoms

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DBS is a surgery that may help provide patients with relief from many Parkinson's disease symptoms through electrical stimulation.⁶


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DBS therapy works like a pacemaker for the heart. The treatment sends electrical pulses into an area of the brain that controls movement. These pulses disrupt some of the brain’s messages that cause the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.4

When switched on, DBS therapy can work day and night with minimal maintenance or effort. DBS therapy does not require removal at night, cleaning, refilling, or maintenance upon waking in the morning.**

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   Discuss the requirements for  DBS eligibility with a Doctor¹

1. Been diagnosed with Parkinson's for at least 4 years3,4

2. Movement symptoms not adequately controlled with current medication

3. Have responded well to medication

4. Have had movement symptoms for a minimum of 4 months

5. Side effects experienced with current medication

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Frequently asked questions4

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If you have any questions, visit the Parkinson's Australia website where you can find a link to your state information and a broad range of resources.

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   5 things to expect from DBS surgery


1. The specialist will evaluate if DBS is suitable

2. An MRI or CT scan will be performed to capture images of the brain

3. A physician will implant thin wires in the brain and a small device under the skin of the chest

4. The specialist will turn it on and adjust to manage the symptoms

5. It is expected that everyday life will continue while attending checkups with your specialists



Are men at greater risk for Parkinson’s disease than women?, Wooten G., J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2004;75:637–639


OkunMS, Foote KD. Parkinson’s disease DBS: what, when, who and why? The time has come to tailor DBS targets. Expert Rev Neurother. 2010 December ; 10(12): 1847–1857.


“Deep Brain Stimulation – Advantages, Risks and Conditions Treated.” Accessed 14 Dec. 2020.

* Developed by European Parkinson Disease Association

** Maintenance is required for rechargeable systems

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