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Early-onset Parkinson's disease linked to genetic deletion
Date:9/9/2013

rders Program at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre of Toronto Western Hospital. "The varying pathology that we found is reminiscent of certain other genetic causes of Parkinson's disease, and opens new directions to search for novel genes that could cause its more common form. Studies of patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome before they ever develop clinical features of Parkinson's disease may not only provide important information on the effectiveness of screening methods for early detection of the disease, but also allow for future 'neuroprotective treatments' to be introduced at the ultimate time when they can have a chance to make an important impact on preventing the disease or slowing its course."

"Most people with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome will not develop Parkinson's disease," emphasizes Dr. Bassett. "But it does occur at a rate higher than in the general population. We will now be on the look-out for this so we can provide the best care for patients."


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