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Is Parkinson's disease hereditary?

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In brief: It can be, yes

As a general rule, the younger the age of onset (<45yo is early onset), & the more affected relatives (especially close ones), then the more likely it is genetic & the higher the risk to blood relatives.
Average age of pd onset is 58. The older you are @ disease onset, the less likely it is genetically inheritable. Look @ this link for help on genetics: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/books/nbk1223/.

In brief: It can be, yes

As a general rule, the younger the age of onset (<45yo is early onset), & the more affected relatives (especially close ones), then the more likely it is genetic & the higher the risk to blood relatives.
Average age of pd onset is 58. The older you are @ disease onset, the less likely it is genetically inheritable. Look @ this link for help on genetics: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/books/nbk1223/.
Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Dr. Allen Tong
Internal Medicine
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In brief: In some cases only

The majority of parkinson’s is sporadic, not hereditary.
But scientists have identified gene mutations that are associated with increased risk of developing the disease. These genetic forms of parkinson’s usually cause earlier symptoms, before age 50. Genetic testing is available but not recommended without thorough counseling with a parkinson's specialist and genetic counselor.

In brief: In some cases only

The majority of parkinson’s is sporadic, not hereditary.
But scientists have identified gene mutations that are associated with increased risk of developing the disease. These genetic forms of parkinson’s usually cause earlier symptoms, before age 50. Genetic testing is available but not recommended without thorough counseling with a parkinson's specialist and genetic counselor.
Dr. Allen Tong
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