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The Chase Family Movement Disorders Center provides services in the following departments

  • Physiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Neuropsychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Dementia Services
  • Urology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Dermatology
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Integrative/Holistic Medicine
  • Home Care
  • Palliative Care

Outpatient Evaluation

Dr. J. Antonelle de Marcaida, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, leads the specialists who will listen to your observations about the changes in your body and how they have affected your life. After an extensive physical and neurological examination, we’ll recommend additional diagnostic testing as needed. With an accurate diagnosis, the most appropriate management and treatment of the condition can then be explored and implemented.

Diagnostic Tools

  • DaTscan SPECT: An imaging technology that assesses the brain’s dopamine levels, can detect Parkinson’s disease in the early stages. It can also tell the difference between Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, and between the disease and drug-induced or psychogenic Parkinsonism, a clinical syndrome that can cause Parkinson’s-like symptoms.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging: An imaging technology that looks for abnormalities in the brain or spinal cord that may be the cause of a gait disorder or involuntary movements.
  • Polysomnography: Sleep studies, useful in diagnosing sleep apnea, are also diagnostic tools for Restless Legs Syndrome and other sleep disorders common in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.
  • Electroencephalography: Records brain-wave activity to differentiate seizures or epilepsy from paroxysmal movement disorders and episodic facial spasms or dyskinesias.
  • Electromyography and nerve conduction studies: Measuring the electrical activity of nerves and muscles at rest and during contraction detects the location, and extent, of diseases that damage nerves and muscles.
  • Blood work and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid: Evaluates for secondary causes of various movement disorders, such as metabolic disorders, autoimmune processes, infections, inflammatory disorders, nutritional deficiencies, paraneoplastic disorders or demyelinating diseases.
  • Genetic testing: Establishes family-history of chorea, Parkinsonism, ataxia, dystonia or myoclonus.
  • Cognitive testing: Neuropsychological evaluations that identify cognitive impairment related to dementia or other cognitive disorders and also attention deficit disorder and obsessive-compulsive traits.


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