Increased Parkinson's Disease Risk Seen in Bipolar Disorder Patients

by Iswarya on  October 15, 2019 at 10:23 AM Mental Health News
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Patients with bipolar disorder have a significantly raised risk of developing Parkinson's disease compared to the general population, reports a new study. The findings of the study are published in the journal JAMA Neurology.
Increased Parkinson's Disease Risk Seen in Bipolar Disorder Patients
Increased Parkinson's Disease Risk Seen in Bipolar Disorder Patients

This study, called a systematic review and meta-analysis, combined the results of seven studies with 4.3 million participants to examine a potential association between bipolar disorder with a later diagnosis of Parkinson's disease of unknown cause.

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The findings suggest that a previous diagnosis of bipolar disorder was associated with an increased likelihood of a subsequent Parkinson's disease diagnosis, but subgroup analyses suggest the possibility of an overestimation of the magnitude of the associations.

The main limitation of the study is analysis that suggests a greater likelihood of a Parkinson's disease diagnosis in shorter studies, which raises concerns over misdiagnosis.

Source: Eurekalert

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