Patients who have operated appendix removal are more than three times more likely to suffer from Parkinson’s disease, according to the latest study.
The study analyzed the health records of more than 62 million patients and studied links between debilitating nervous system disorder and the gut, and has discovered that patients who have removed their appendix are prone to suffering Parkinson’s disease.
Lead study author Mohammed Z. Sheriff explained that research studies that dig into the cause of Parkinson’s are focusing on alpha-synuclein, which is a protein inhabited in the digestive tract at the beginning stage of Parkinson’s. Therefore, scientists from all over the world have been probing the digestive tract and appendix to find the root cause of Parkinson’s development, he added.
Before this discovery, several experts had striven to explore the association between appendectomies and Parkinson’s development, but with inconsistent efforts, they found no relationship between those events, he added.
Scientists evaluated and identified patients who had removed their appendix and were detected with Parkinson’s disease. After spending six months in a profound study, they found that among 488,190 patients who had undergone surgery for appendix in 4,470, approximately .92 percent further developed Parkinson’s.
Meanwhile, among the 61.7 million patients who hadn’t removed their appendix, only .29 percent meant merely 177,230 found who developed Parkinson’s disease. Scientists also discovered that the risk remains similar for all patients regardless of their age, gender or race.