Progressive neurologic condition affecting mood, cognition, swallowing, and communication
2nd most common neurodegenerative condition
Condition develops as cells which produce dopamine degenerate and die, resulting in a depletion of this neurotransmitter. Will therefore effect ALL of the neural system.
Dopamine produced in the substantia nigra in the basal ganglia
- Hallmark symptoms of PD
- Rigidity or stiffness of muscles --> balance problems.