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How come I have Parkinson's disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

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Amanda Xi
General Practice
6 doctors agree

In brief: Common

Although there are cases where parkinson disease is passed down from 1st degree relatives, most of the time the cause of the disease is unknown.

In brief: Common

Although there are cases where parkinson disease is passed down from 1st degree relatives, most of the time the cause of the disease is unknown.
Amanda Xi
Amanda Xi
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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Many diseases are like this, if you have a family history, you are slightly more likely to get it too, but most cases are in people with NO family history. Both Breast Cancer, and Colon Cancer are like that, MOST cases are in people with no family history....as far as we know, there is no way to prevent, or predict, getting Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Yo-El Ju
Neurology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Common

Many cases of parkinson disease are not familial.
Some families have clearly inherited forms of pd due to a genetic mutation, but most cases of pd are not obviously familial.

In brief: Common

Many cases of parkinson disease are not familial.
Some families have clearly inherited forms of pd due to a genetic mutation, but most cases of pd are not obviously familial.
Dr. Yo-El Ju
Dr. Yo-El Ju
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Parkinson's

It is not inherited.

In brief: Parkinson's

It is not inherited.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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