One quarter of people with Parkinson’s disease wrongly diagnosed, survey finds

More than a quarter of people with Parkinson’s disease were initially wrongly diagnosed as having conditions such as a stroke or anxiety, research has found.

A poll of more than 2,000 people with the condition found 26 per cent were originally told they had something else, while 21 per cent were forced to visit their GP three or more times before finally being referred to a specialist.

Of those who were misdiagnosed, more than one third were given medication for an illness they did not have, while one in 10 underwent a needless operation or procedure.

The poll, for Parkinson’s UK, also found that women were more likely to be misdiagnosed than men, and errors were most common in people aged 51…

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