Appendix Removal Linked to Risk of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

A large US study suggests that appendix removal raises the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life.Appendix Removal Linked to Risk of Developing Parkinson’s Disease

For the research, a team of scientists took data from a giant database of US electronic health records. These data were from 488,190 patients who had their appendixes removed. Later, 4,470 people of this number were diagnosed with Parkinson disease.

The profound analysis of medical records showed that people with the appendix removed are at three times higher risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Lead researcher Mohammed Z. Sheriff from Case Western Reserve University comments: “This research shows a clear relationship between the appendix, or appendix removal, and Parkinson's disease, but it is only an association. Additional research is needed to confirm this connection and to better understand the mechanisms involved.”

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