Colonoscopic Screening for Autonomic Pathology in Parkinson Disease
Status: Open to Enrollment
Start Date: Sep 01 2010
End Date: OPEN
The purpose of this study is to identify Parkinson's-related changes in nerves lining the intestine that may lead to better diagnosis and treatment of this disabling condition.
Whether or not you have Parkinson's disease, you may be able to contribute to this research if your doctor has determined that you have a medical need for colonoscopy.
Today, Parkinson's disease can only be diagnosed with 100% certainty after death, when an autopsy will show which types of abnormal proteins have collected in the nervous system. Someday, it might be possible to diagnose Parkinson's disease by looking at nerves in the lining of the intestine (during routine colonoscopy performed to screen for cancer). This would allow testing of new treatments (designed to slow or halt nerve cell death) at an earlier stage. Anyone who has been referred to the University of Utah for colonoscopy could be eligible to help with this research. Because comparison between individuals with and without Parkinson's disease is necessary, healthy people without any neurological condition are encouraged to participate.
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