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What is the link between multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease?

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Research suggests that the damage that MS causes to your brain can lead some people to develop Parkinson’s later on.

If you have MS, your immune system triggers ongoing inflammation. This can create lesions in your brain that cause Parkinson’s disease. If lesions form in certain spots in your brain, they can affect how it makes dopamine.

From: Is It MS or Parkinson’s? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Tremor Fact Sheet.”

Neurology : “Parkinson’s Disease in Multiple Sclerosis - A Population-Based, Nationwide Study in Denmark (P2.186).”

Mayo Clinic: “Multiple Sclerosis: Overview,” “Multiple Sclerosis: Symptoms and Causes,” “Multiple Sclerosis: Treatment,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Causes,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Definition,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Risk Factors,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms.”

Christopher Reeve Foundation: “How the spinal cord works.”

National Association for Continence: “Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “MS Symptoms,” “Who Gets MS? (Epidemiology).”

National Parkinson Foundation: “Non-Motor Symptoms.”

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Lhermitte’s sign.”

Iranian Journal of Neurology : “Parkinsonism associated with multiple sclerosis: A report of eight new cases and a review on the literature.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Plasmapheresis.”

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : “Parkinsonism and multiple sclerosis – is there association?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 25, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Tremor Fact Sheet.”

Neurology : “Parkinson’s Disease in Multiple Sclerosis - A Population-Based, Nationwide Study in Denmark (P2.186).”

Mayo Clinic: “Multiple Sclerosis: Overview,” “Multiple Sclerosis: Symptoms and Causes,” “Multiple Sclerosis: Treatment,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Causes,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Definition,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Risk Factors,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms.”

Christopher Reeve Foundation: “How the spinal cord works.”

National Association for Continence: “Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “MS Symptoms,” “Who Gets MS? (Epidemiology).”

National Parkinson Foundation: “Non-Motor Symptoms.”

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Lhermitte’s sign.”

Iranian Journal of Neurology : “Parkinsonism associated with multiple sclerosis: A report of eight new cases and a review on the literature.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Plasmapheresis.”

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : “Parkinsonism and multiple sclerosis – is there association?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 25, 2017

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