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Difficulty Walking due to Parkinson's Underlying Cause

The exact cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown. Heredity, infections, and exposure to chemicals may play a role.

Parkinson's disease damages parts of the brain that normally produce dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain. Without dopamine, parts of the brain (the substantia nigra) that control body movement and coordination do not work correctly.

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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