Analysis of the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinsons disease has shown for the first time that an experimental treatment can reverse the loss of nerve fibres.
Analysis of the brain of a patient suffering from Parkinsons Disease has shown that the experimental treatment he received caused regrowth of the nerve fibres that are lost in this disease. The findings are reported in the July issue of Nature Medicine.
This is the first time that any treatment has been shown to reverse the loss of nerve fibres in Parkinsons Disease.
The 62-year-old man was one of five patients in a pilot study carried out by Mr Steven Gill at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, UK. In this study, an experimental drug (GDNF) was pumped through a fine catheter into a damaged part of the brain. Within a couple of months, patients were noticing dramatic improvements in their ability to move, and these continued over almost four years of treatment. Even after ceasing medication, the patients improvement has been maintained.
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