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Why do some people with Corona have symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease?


Despite its extreme rarity, Parkinson's disease-like symptoms appeared in a small number of people infected with the Coronavirus, and this phenomenon makes researchers investigate whether there is a link between the Corona virus and Parkinson's disease, and since the beginning of the Corona virus pandemic, scientists have continued to search for information about how it affects Corona virus is on the body, and at this stage, researchers and healthcare professionals know that the effects go beyond the respiratory system, and the Corona virus can affect other organs, including the heart, brain, and skin.


And in November 2020, an article published in The Lancet Neurology reported that up to 65% of people with corona had experienced anosmia, loss or change in the sense of smell, which is also a symptom of Parkinson's disease, and the same article reported three cases. For people who have experienced Parkinson's disease-like symptoms after contracting a corona infection, although there are no known risk factors for this condition.


These incidents made scientists wonder whether there is a link between Corona and Parkinson's disease or symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease, and they took a look, according to the report of the "medicalnewstoday" site, on the relationship between them.


What is Parkinson's disease?

 

Parkinson's disease is a neurological condition, symptoms of which appear slowly and develop over time. Symptoms include shaking or tremors, stiffness, difficulty with balance, walking, speech and coordination.


Because the disease affects the brain, people with Parkinson's disease also experience behavioral changes, memory problems, sleep problems and fatigue.


Parkinson's and viral infections Is there a possible link?

 

There are reports of Parkinson's disease-like symptoms in people with influenza, which have led some scientists to speculate whether there is a viral cause for some types of Parkinson's disease.


To explore the possible link, researchers reviewed reported cases of a viral disease that causes Parkinson's disease-like symptoms.


Scientists evaluated data on viruses including influenza, herpes simplex virus 1, Epstein-Barr, varicella zoster, hepatitis C, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile virus, and HIV.


The team also noted that Parkinson's disease developed in some people during the 1918 flu pandemic, but no direct cause was identified between influenza and Parkinson's disease.


Since then, some symptoms of Parkinson's disease, including tremors and gait disturbances, have been reported in people with influenza.


Symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease in people with Corona

 

According to the latest data published in The Lancet NeurologyTrusted Source in November 2020, three people infected with Coronavirus have also experienced symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's disease.


Two men, aged 45 and 58, and one woman of 35 years of age, reported slowness of movement with muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, irregular eye movement and tremors.


All three showed a decrease in the function of the brain's dopamine pathway system, two of the three responded positively to the medication and one recovered spontaneously, and none of them had a family history or clinical signs of Parkinson's disease.

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