A potential case of remission of Parkinson’s disease
Received March 14, 2016; accepted May 24, 2016
We present the case of a 78-year-old male who,16 years ago, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease(PD) by a neurologist.
He initially presented with lef thand tremor, stooped posture, shuffling gait, and frequent falls, which eventually progressed to bilateral motor symptoms after 3 years.
Since 2012, his symptoms and signs have almost completely remitted, and he has
been off all pharmacotherapy for that time. The accuracy of the initial PD diagnosis is supported by :
- an appropriate clinical presentation,
- history of positive response to Sinemet,
- and an abnormal SPECT DaT scan;
thus this case suggests the possibility of remission of symptoms in some patients.
We propose that the patient’s long history of meditation practice may have been one contributing factor of this improvement as meditation has been shown to release dopamine in the striatum.
PS - Edit : I Just noticed this publication had already been posted here a year ago. I leave it just in case it could be useful to someone.