Time trends in the incidence of parkinsonism in Olmsted County, Minnesota

W. A. Rocca, J. H. Bower, S. K. McDonnell, B. J. Peterson, D. M. Maraganore

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Objective: To investigate time trends in the incidence of parkinsonism and PD over a 15-year period (1976 to 1990). Methods: The authors used the medical records-linkage system of the Rochester Epidemiology Project to identify incidence cases of parkinsonism in Olmsted County, MN, over three 5-year periods, 1976 to 1980, 1981 to 1985, and 1986 to 1990. PD and other types of parkinsonism were classified using defined criteria. Population denominators were derived from census data and were corrected by removing prevalent cases of parkinsonism. Results: Over the 15 years of the study, 364 cases of parkinsonism were identified; 154 (42%) of them had PD. The incidence of parkinsonism remained stable over the three 5-year periods for the age classes 0 to 39, 40 to 59, and 60 to 69 years. For the age class 70 to 99 years, there was some increase over time mainly owing to an increased incidence of drug-induced parkinsonism. The incidence of PD remained stable over the three 5-year periods for all age classes. Results were similar when considering men and women separately. No birth-cohort effect was present for parkinsonism. Comparison with three previous studies in the same population did not reveal any major long-term secular trends in the incidence of parkinsonism. Conclusions: The findings for PD over 15 years and comparison of the findings with historical data for parkinsonism over half a century suggest that no major environmental risk factors for PD (e.g., environmental toxins, drugs, diet constituents, or infectious agents) were introduced or removed from this population during these periods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)462-467
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 14 2001

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  • Clinical Neurology


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