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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 3745631, 4 pages
Case Report

Parkinson’s Disease and Cryptogenic Epilepsy

1The Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
2Department of Neurology, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare, Austin, TX, USA

Received 2 June 2016; Revised 30 July 2016; Accepted 11 August 2016

Academic Editor: Pablo Mir

Copyright © 2016 Andre Y. Son et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Epilepsy is an uncommon comorbidity of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and has been considered not directly associated with PD. We present five patients (3 men and 2 women; ages 49–85) who had concomitant PD and cryptogenic epilepsy. Although rare, epilepsy can coexist with PD and their coexistence may influence the progression of PD. While this may be a chance association, an evolving understanding of the neurophysiological basis of either disease may suggest a mechanistic association.