Parkinson's disease in the Western Pacific Region

Shen Yang Lim*, Ai Huey Tan, Azlina Ahmad-Annuar, Christine Klein, Louis C.S. Tan, Raymond L. Rosales, Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Yih Ru Wu, Hui Fang Shang, Andrew H. Evans, Pramod K. Pal, Nobutaka Hattori, Chong Tin Tan, Beomseok Jeon, Eng King Tan, Anthony E. Lang

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1·8 billion people of diverse ethnicities and cultures live in the Western Pacific Region. The increasing longevity of populations in this region is a major contributor to the exponential increase in Parkinson's disease prevalence worldwide. Differences exist between Parkinson's disease in the Western Pacific Region and in Europe and North America that might provide important insights into our understanding of the disease and approaches to management. For example, some genetic factors (such as LRRK2 mutations or variants) differ, environmental exposures might play differential roles in modulating the risk of Parkinson's disease, and fewer dyskinesias are reported, with some differences in the profile of non-motor symptoms and comorbidities. Gaps in awareness of the disease and inequitable access to treatments pose challenges. Further improvements in infrastructure, clinical governance, and services, and concerted collaborative efforts in training and research, including greater representation of the Western Pacific Region in clinical trials, will improve care of patients with Parkinson's disease in this region and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Lancet Neurology
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)865-879
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 09.2019

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