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Parkinson's Disease

Is Parkinson Disease Inherited

09/20/2001

Question:

Is parkinsons Disease inherited/congenitol

Answer:

There are some families that follow a specific inheritance pattern and in whom specific genetic defects have been isolated. These include the alpha-synuclein and parkin genes. However, the majority of parkinson`s disease appears to be sporadic in nature. It is quite possible that there may be a complex interaction between genetic deficits and environmental exposures.

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Response by:

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