A previous study of twins with Parkinson’s disease (PD) revealed low concordance, suggesting that genetic factors play a minor role in the etiology of PD. To identify possible environmental determinants of PD while maximally controlling for hereditary factors, 31 monozygotic twin pairs discordant for PD were interviewed by telephone. Information about possible risk factors was obtained from systematic and uniform interviews with cases and controls. The only statistically significant result was less cigarette smoking by PD patients (p < 0.05). Thirteen dizygotic discordant twin pairs were evaluated with the same techniques, but there were no statistically significant differences between affected and unaffected twins.
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- Clinical Neurology