DAT Scan: Can it Really Tell Me I have PD? : By Dr. De Leon

Dat Scan (Ioflupane I 23 injection also known as phenyltropane) is a radio pharmaceutical agent injected into the veins of a patient known as SPECT nuclear medicine test. When this test was approved in was under the premise that it will be an added tool in the armamentarium of the neurologists/ movement disorder specialist toContinue reading “DAT Scan: Can it Really Tell Me I have PD? : By Dr. De Leon”

DYSKENESIAs: The Dreaded “D” Word in Parkinson’s: By Dr. De Leon

Dancing, dystonic, discombobulated, distraught these are all ways people with Parkinson’s feel when contemplating the possibility of a life with dyskenesias after the initial shock of receiving a diagnosis. Yet, the reality is very different in my experience and to those who have studied dyskenesia epidemiology. Patients have been so fearful of Levodopa to theContinue reading “DYSKENESIAs: The Dreaded “D” Word in Parkinson’s: By Dr. De Leon”

Parkinson’s Disease: an Autoimmune DIsease? By Dr. De Leon

For some time me and others like myself have been toying with the idea could it be possible that Parkinson’s is yet another autoimmune disease like diabetes or thyroid disease or even pernicious anemia? Or even an inflammatory disorders like ulcerative colitis? Perhaps some genetic subtypes can more easily fall into this category than others.Continue reading “Parkinson’s Disease: an Autoimmune DIsease? By Dr. De Leon”

Thinking Outside the Brain for a Parkinson’s Cure : By Dr. De Leon

“I don’t think inside the box, I don’t think OUTSIDE the box, I don’t EVEN KNOW where the box is!”- unknown The other day while I was giving a talk about how to diagnose PD, I was giving my usual spill about ” in the hands of a specialist like myself- accuracy is 95%,” whenContinue reading “Thinking Outside the Brain for a Parkinson’s Cure : By Dr. De Leon”