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Parkinson's Disease

World War II Veterans

05/24/2000

Question:

What is the status of current research on the association of veteran service in the Pacific, particulary Quam, in relation to PD?

Answer:

I suppose you are referring to Guam. There is a movement disorder with some features of Parkinsonism that is seen in the population of Guam. It is best characterized as a multiple system atrophy variant, which itself is a variant of the Parkinson Plus syndromes. It is not Idiopathic Parkinson`s Disease so service in Guam has no relationship to developing the disease unless you are a native of Guam.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati