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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease

03/10/1999

Question:

Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

Answer:

Yes and no. There are families in whom a genetic basis has been established e.g. the alpha-synuclein and parkin genes. However, most cases of PD are sporadic.

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Response by:

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