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Parkinson's Disease

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

A neurodegenerative disorder affecting at least 1 million people in the United States and 4 million people around the world, Parkinson’s disease primarily impacts the neurons in the brain that produce dopamine. These neurons are located in an area of the brain that is known as substantia nigra. 

Risk Factors

The main cause of Parkinson’s disease is still a mystery. However, a rare number of cases appear to have been caused by a genetic mutation passed from generation to generation in extended family members. Exposure to certain chemicals and toxins in the environment may also play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease. 

Other risk factors for Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Age — Adults age 60 and older are more likely to develop the disease.
  • Sex — Men are more likely than women to have Parkinson’s disease.

No known cure currently exists for Parkinson’s disease. 

Why Temple Health?

Our multidisciplinary team of specialists collaborates to understand each individual’s case of Parkinson’s and tailor unique treatment plans to enhance quality of life. 

Ready for an Appointment?

If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of Parkinson's disease, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

Learn more about our doctors and care team who diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease.