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Diagnosing Parkinson's: the skin is revealing

Interview with Dr. Kathrin Doppler, Department of Neurology at the University Medical School Würzburg

In patients with Parkinson's, neural cells in the brain die off that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. Certain physical symptoms that can indicate the disease follow years later. But a reliable diagnosis can only be made through examination of the brain after the patient's death, and not during his lifetime.


Photo: Young woman with short black hair and glasses - Dr. Kathrin Doppler; Copyright: private

Dr. Kathrin Doppler; © private

Graphic: The human neural system; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Sebastian Kaulitzki

The human neural system: the nerve cells in the spinal cord send their extensions, the nerve fibers, into all parts of the body; ©panthermedia.net/ Sebastian Kaulitzki

Photo: Naked back of a man; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Cseh Ioan

Doposits of phosphorylated alpha-synuclein could especially be found in the back's skin. Towards the body periphery, deposits decreased; ©panthermedia.net/ Cseh Ioan

Photo: Timo Roth; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann