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Parkinson's disease or Parkinsonism — is a disease of the elderly people, which often develops at the age of 70-80 years old. Unfortunately, in recent decades, Parkinson's disease has been steadily becoming «younger» and therefore it is not rare case of occurring Parkinson's disease in the sixth decade of life and even earlier.


In most cases, the disease begins with a tremor of one hand, which is most vivid at rest, in motion it is reduced, is absent during sleep, increases with emotional tension and fatigue. As the disease develops, a tremor can become less noticeable. Often there is stiffness in the muscles of the body, without a tremor. As the stiffness is in progress, movements increasingly slow down and become hard to start. A face becomes maschera di Parkinson, a mouth is half open.

Parkinson's disease became even more famous after beginning to hit famous people: boxer Mohammed Ali, the founder of surrealism, Salvador Dali, Pope John Paul II, musician Ozzy Osbourne.

Factors that increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease:

  • Toxins and heavy metals can contribute to Parkinson's disease. For example, the miners who has long contacts with the manganese ore.
  • Some types of pesticides. It is found that such pesticides as rotenone or paraquat, organ-chlorine compounds (DDT and lindane) and herbicides such as «Agent Orange», can double or even triple the risk of Parkinson's disease.
  • Acceptance of prescribed amphetamines may also increase the remote risk of disease.
  • It is also found connection between Parkinson's disease and clean drinking water — drinking untreated water greatly increases the risk of disease.
  • There have been cases of parkinsonism after having whooping cough.
  • If you had a head injury, the possibility of developing Parkinson's disease increases by 4 times, and among people with craniocerebral injury, which  required hospitalization — by 8 times.
  • Antipsychotic drugs, prolonged use of drugs of phenothiazine series, snakewood’s derivatives, methyldopa, sedatives, interfered with the production of dopamine.

In the Medical Home Odrex neurologist Igor P. Tendyt sees patients. Sign up for consultation by phone (048) 730-00-30 .


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