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Predisposed to Parkinson's

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Dr Okun

I have heard on more then one occasion that if you have Parkinson's you were predisposed to it since conception. Is this true?

Is it only predisposed when it comes to genetics?  If not genetic then it's idiopathic.

I was at a Support Group and this came into the discussion.

Thank you for any clarification.

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It is my view that this is incorrect.  About 10% are known genes and some peoplle with known genes do not manifest during life.  About 90% it is not clear the cause or causes.  There is a lot of research in this area and a lot of debate...thus I express my opinion.  Hope that helps.

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Dr. Okun,

Are you saying your answer is that you don't know?  My mom is the only member of her family and their relatives to have Parkinson's.  How did she get so lucky??

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I lost the thread from the question, but I can say that "yes" I do not know in many cases whether genetic or not; and why it sometimes skips people in the same family.  Sometimes it is a characteristic of the type of PD gene, and sometimes the person just doesn't inherit the gene.  In some cases we can't find a gene.  I lot I (we) don't know.  Apologize as I can't see previous question.

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