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How Paraquat Causes Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that is considered to have various causes, as a mixture of factors has been shown to cause it. It was recently discovered that some of the chemicals used in herbicides have the potential to cause this movement disorder for which there is no known cure. The chemical, paraquat, has been shown to cause Parkinson's-like symptoms when added to heroin in the 1980s because it tends to damage dopamine neurons.

Agricultural workers who have been exposed to the herbicide paraquat and who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease may be eligible for financial compensation. A 'Paraquat exposure lawsuit filed by paraquat Parkinson lawyer' may be your only chance to get the compensation you need to cover the costs of treating Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's Disease

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Moreover, paraquat destroys cells through a mechanism called oxidative stress, which means that changes in cell chemistry lead to cell damage and death. Parkinson's disease results from the loss of function of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta, a small area of the brain. These neurons can be more susceptible to oxidative stress than other neurons and can therefore be more affected by paraquat, especially in people with genetic susceptibility. 

Some of the signs associated with poisoning of paraquat include:

  • Confusion
  • Accelerated pulse
  • Coma
  • Kidney failure

Parkinson's symptoms associated with paraquat include:

  • Bad balance
  • Waterfall
  • Shaky
  • Weak or stiff muscles
  • Seizure
  • Stomach ache
  • Script changes
  • Nauseous
  • Hard to breath
  • Pulmonary edema