How is neural transplantation used in the treatment of Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Neural transplantation is a potential treatment for Parkinson disease, because the most significant neuronal degeneration is site and type specific (ie, dopaminergic); the target area is well defined (ie, striatum); postsynaptic receptors are relatively intact; and the neurons provide tonic stimulation of the receptors and appear to serve a modulatory function.


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