A nurse caring for a 50-year-old newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease would want to educate the patient and their family about which of the following symptoms? 


• Muscle rigidity, a mask-like (blank) expression, a shuffling gait, and difficulty swallowing are all classic signs of Parkinson's disease.

• The nurse will want to teach the patient and family to monitor for the development of dysphagia, a dangerous symptom of Parkinson's that can lead to choking or aspiration pneumonia.

• A patient with Parkinson's will have a small-based gait.

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