2. Exploring the Palliative Care Needs of Patients with Neurodegenerative Disease
Although patients with MS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and Dementia may have different symptoms in the early stages of their disease, the end stage clinical picture is characterized by common symptoms such as pain, fatigue and respiratory distress. Furthermore, the severity of these symptoms have been compared to those of end stage cancer. This chapter will provide an overview of the pathogenesis of ALS, MS, Parkinson’s disease and dementia, including the transition to end stage and the need for palliative care.