Bipolar disorder, a precursor of Parkinson's disease?
Tânia M.S. Novaretti1; Nathália Novaretti2; Vitor Tumas3
keywords: Parkinson's disease, bipolar disorder, serotoninergic pathway, dopamine.
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder predominantly resulting from dopamine depletion in the substantia nigra pars compacta. Some psychiatric disorders may have dopaminergic dysfunction as their substrate. We describe a well-documented case of Parkinson's disease associated with Bipolar Disorder. Although there is some knowledge about the association between these diseases, little is known about its pathophysiology and correlation. We believe that among various hypotheses, many neurotransmitters are linked to this pathophysiology.