Parkinson’s Disease: Potential Causes

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Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain; the cause of this cell death is unknown.

Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, thinking and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease, whereas depression is the most common psychiatric symptom.

The downloadable document (PDF) below provides a Table that lists the researched and recognized potential causes of Parkinson’s disease:

Parkinson’s Disease – Potential Causes (PDF)


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