The surgical removal of the appendix would reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study quoted last Wednesday by the Press Association. The importance of the appendix to the human body, if it exists, has long been a subject of speculation, but scientists now claim that it can play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease, says Agerpres.
A study of a group of more than one million people found that surgical removal of the appendix was associated with a decrease of 20% in degenerative diseases. More specifically, a team of scientists from the American Association of Advanced Sciences investigated the connection between Parkinson's and the appendix, which proved to contain a significant amount of protein that accumulates in the brain of affected patients. The researchers studied a set of epidemiological data that contained demographic and statistical data on Parkinson's disease extracted from 1.6 million people in Sweden and found that appendectomy – the procedure for surgical removal of the appendix – reduced 19.3% or general risk of occurrence of this condition. The analyzes conducted in a second set of data from 849 patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease revealed that appendectomy was associated with a delay of 3.6 years on average from the onset of the disease.
The research was published in the scientific journal Science Translational Medicine, completed on the Agerpres website.