According to a study in Science Translational Medicine, the appendix works as a storage of lfa-synuclein protein that is associated with memory-related illness. Therefore, appendectomy reduces the likelihood of patients with Parkinson's disease.
"Our findings suggest that the appendix is the site of the origin of the Parkinson's disease and the development of methods that develop new treatment strategies that take advantage of the role of the gastrointestinal tract in the onset of the disease," said Viviane Labrie.
"Despite the fact that we have a good reputation that is largely unnecessary, the appendix really plays an important role in our immune system, it regulates the formation of intestinal bacteria, and now, as our work proves, the disease is Parkinson's," the scientist explained.
The risk reduction of Parkinson's disease became apparent only when the appendix and the alpha-synuclein contained in it had been removed early in life in the years prior to the disease, suggesting that the appendix could be involved in the onset of the disease. .
Removal of the appendix after the onset of the disease had no effect on the progression.
More common In the general population, people with adrenal glands were 19% less likely to develop Parkinson's disease, which was exacerbated by people living in rural areas with apendectomies that reduced the risk of developing the disease by 25%.
The prevalence of the disease is often higher among the rural population, which is associated with the increased exposure of pesticides.