5 doctors weighed in:

I am curious about the associations between IBS & other GI problems and Parkinson's disease. What do the pd experts out there think of research on that subject?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Parkinson's disease

That is a fascinating subject.
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is in charge of gastrointestinal motility. Parkinson's disease (pd) is know to affect the ans. Constipation is a very significant problem in pd. Conversely, men with constipation are at a higher risk of developing pd. There is data that suggests that ANS disorders can precede pd by many years, perhaps representing a pre-morbid state.

In brief: Parkinson's disease

That is a fascinating subject.
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is in charge of gastrointestinal motility. Parkinson's disease (pd) is know to affect the ans. Constipation is a very significant problem in pd. Conversely, men with constipation are at a higher risk of developing pd. There is data that suggests that ANS disorders can precede pd by many years, perhaps representing a pre-morbid state.
Dr. William Gaya
Dr. William Gaya
Thank
Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: IBS & Parkinson's

Parkinson's affects GI motility adversely.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex that in part may reflect altered GI motility. In addition, ibs is very common (>40 million americans). There is little doubt parkinson's symptoms may mimick ibs, and of course some parkinson's patients may also have ibs. I doubt there is any other significant link between the two entities.

In brief: IBS & Parkinson's

Parkinson's affects GI motility adversely.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom complex that in part may reflect altered GI motility. In addition, ibs is very common (>40 million americans). There is little doubt parkinson's symptoms may mimick ibs, and of course some parkinson's patients may also have ibs. I doubt there is any other significant link between the two entities.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
Thank
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: No association

There is no known association between ibs and parkinson's although dr michael gershon who authored the second brain believes that there is an association.

In brief: No association

There is no known association between ibs and parkinson's although dr michael gershon who authored the second brain believes that there is an association.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
163K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors