Osteoarthritis linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease

Monday - 19/06/2023 12:48
BACKGROUND – Osteoarthritis (OA) may be associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD), especially in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip. A study by Taiwanese scientists showed.
Osteoarthritis linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease
Dr. Shih-Hao Feng, National Taiwan University Hospital, and colleagues performed a retrospective cohort study using the 2005 Taiwan Health Insurance Database to examine the risk of PD muscle in patients with osteoarthritis. A total of 33,360 patients aged 50 to 64 years had osteoarthritis, and a control group of 33,360 age- and sex-matched people without the condition was compared.
The researchers found that the risk of developing PD was significantly increased for the osteoarthritis group (adjusted hazard ratio 1.41). Compared with the control group, the osteoarthritis group also had a significantly lower PD-free survival rate.
In a subgroup analysis, patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis had an increased risk of PD compared with patients with other osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis coexisting with Parkinson's disease may further increase the risk of falls. Furthermore, the mobility impairments associated with osteoarthritis may mask the early motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. So be wary of a potential link between these two diseases. Experts note.

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