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Is Parkinson’s hereditary?

Is Parkinson’s hereditary?

Host:Cengiz from Afyon asks: Is Parkinson’s a hereditary disease? Does it cause dementia?

Ali Zırh: Parkinson’s, normally, is not a typical hereditary disease. So that is the first answer. It’s not a disease that should make us worry and question: “I have it, will my child get it, too?” “My father has it, will I get it, too?” Because, as I have stated, one in 300 people over the age of 65 has it. But if we see it before the ages 50s or 40s, and we call the Parkinson’s disease occurring before the age of 40 young onset Parkinson’s disease. It is possible to analyze some genes and identify it in almost half of the population of this group. So if Parkinson’s is in the patient’s family’s history or if Parkinson appears at a really young age, there is a risk of it being genetic or hereditary.
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