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Savannah neurologist talks about Robin Williams' fight with Parkinson's

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A few days after comedian Robin Williams' apparent suicide, details have emerged that the star was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Parkinson's is a movement disorder which attacks the nerve cells in the brain and results in trembling of the hands, arms, legs and face. It eventually leads to slowness of movement, coordination problems and trouble walking or doing simple tasks.

Parkinson's is a progressive disease and only gets worse over time. Neurologists hope in the wake of Williams' tragic passing, others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat the disease.

"It affects about five million Americans," said Dr. William T Garret of Savannah Neurology Specialists. "It is a very treatable today. It is not curable. There are several medicines and sugery that can be employed to manage the symptoms and people can live. Many people can live productive lives for many years."

Other celebrities have publicly battled Parkinson's disease, most notable Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali.

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