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sharp leukosis and parkinson's?

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Hello. My friend's father was diagnosed with sharp leukosis and undergoing a chemo. He also has had Parkinson's decease for years! The doctor said that that's the first patient he's ever seen who would have those two deceases together and is afraid that he's not gonna make it...Have you ever heard of or had such cases? Any information would be useful. Thank you!


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replied March 9th, 2011
Leukemia Answer A20636
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
Parkinson's disease is progressive degenerative disorder of the CNS resulting from the death of dopamine containing cells of substantial nigra of brain. Symptoms include tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement and dementia in the later course of the disease.
Sharp leukosis is a form of blood discretia in which huge quantity of unripe, non-functional blood (blast) cells proliferate leading to oppression of normal cells. Sharp leukosis can be divided into lymphoblastic and myeloblastosis depending upon the blood cell line involved. The prognosis of sharp leukosis is more favourable at young age than at later age. That might be the reason the doctor of your friend's father is not so positive as far as the outcome of treatment can concern. I have not read of any relation between sharp leukosis and Parkinson's disease. And the coexistence of the two might just be a coincidence without any causal relation.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.


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