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Question on Parkinson's cause

jessica willow soucy soucy at students.uiuc.edu
Mon Feb 9 15:51:00 EST 1998

Usually when the symptoms of parkinson's appear it is after loss of up to
80% of the dopaminergic neurons in the brain. Stress does cause an
increase in glucocorticoids which could by some mechanism I am unaware of
cause dopaminergic neuron death, however the level of cell death needed
for symptoms would indicate a pathogenesis prior to the onset of stress.

On Mon, 9 Feb 1998, section136 wrote:

> I would like to know if Parkinson's Disease can be brought on by very
> heavy worry or stress
> related illness. As I have been diagnosed with
> Parkinson's at the early age of 42yrs and the signs started about the
> time that I had a tremendous lot of pressure on me and has continued to
> this day! I would appreciate any medical opinions,etc, or if anyone
> could steer me to a Web site where evidence or opinions of this matter
> are.
> Thank You

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