National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
It is possible that the main title of the report Parkinson's Disease is not the name you expected.
Parkinson's disease is a slowly progressive neurologic condition characterized by involuntary trembling (tremor), muscular stiffness or inflexibility (rigidity), slowness of movement and difficulty carrying out voluntary movements. Degenerative changes occur in areas deep within the brain (substantia nigra and other pigmented regions of the brain), causing a decrease in dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, which is a chemical that sends a signal in the brain. Parkinsonian symptoms can also develop secondary to hydrocephalus (a condition in which the head is enlarged and areas of the brain accumulate excessive fluids, resulting in an increase in pressure on the brain), head trauma, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), obstructions (infarcts) or tumors deep within the cerebral hemispheres and the upper brain stem (basal ganglia), or exposure to certain drugs and toxins. Parkinson's disease is slowly progressive and may not become incapacitating for many years.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
- 322 8th Ave, 7th Floor
- New York, NY 10001
- Tel: (866)232-8484
- Fax: (646)638-1546
- Tel: (866)232-8484
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.alzfdn.org
Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation
- c/o P.O. Box 38016
- Albany, NY 12203
- Tel: (212) 509-0995 x204
- Fax: (212)682-6156
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.dystonia-parkinson.org
Child Neurology Foundation
- 201 Chicago Ave, #200
- Minneapolis, MN 55415
- Tel: (952)641-6100
- Fax: (952)881-6276
- Tel: (877)263-5430
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.childneurologyfoundation.org
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
- PO Box 8126
- Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
- Tel: (301)251-4925
- Fax: (301)251-4911
- Tel: (888)205-2311
- Website: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/
Movement Disorder Society
- 555 E. Wells Street
- Suite 1100
- Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823
- Tel: (414)276-2145
- Fax: (414)276-3349
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.movementdisorders.org
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
- NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations
- 5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9806
- Bethesda, MD 20892-9806
- Tel: (301)496-5717
- Fax: (301)402-3573
- Tel: (866)284-4107
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- P.O. Box 5801
- Bethesda, MD 20824
- Tel: (301)496-5751
- Fax: (301)402-2186
- Tel: (800)352-9424
- Website: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.
- 1501 NW 9th Ave/Bob Hope Road
- Miami, FL 33136-1494
- Tel: (305)243-6666
- Fax: (305)243-6073
- Tel: (800)327-4545
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.parkinson.org
New Horizons Un-Limited, Inc.
- 811 East Wisconsin Ave
- P.O. Box 510034
- Milwaukee, WI 53203
- Tel: (414)299-0124
- Fax: (414)347-1977
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.new-horizons.org
Northwest Parkinson's Foundation
- 400 Mercer Street
- Seattle, WA 98109
- Tel: (206)748-9481
- Tel: (877)980-7500
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: http://www.nwpf.org
Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Inc.
- 1359 Broadway
- Suite 1509
- New York, NY 10018
- Tel: (212)923-4700
- Fax: (212)923-4778
- Tel: (800)457-6676
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.pdf.org
For a Complete Report
This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). For a full-text version of this report, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".
The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only.
It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report.
This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.
Last Updated: 4/7/2008
Copyright 2001 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.
Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.