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Pacquiao Showing Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on January 4, 2013, 5:44 pm

(By Efren B. Chavez, The Daily Tribune, 4 Jan 2013)

 

A neurologist on Thursday said he has observed early signs of Parkinson’s disease in Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

Dr. Rustico Jimenez, president of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, told The Daily Tribune that among the early signs of the disease in Pacquiao include stuttering and hand twitching.

Jimenez urged the Filipino champion to retire from boxing to avoid what happened to Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) and award-winning trainer Freddie Roach who were both afflicted with the progressive disorder of the nervous system.

In a separate phone interview, Jimenez clarified that he could be wrong in his diagnosis, but nevertheless Pacquiao has to be cautious.

He said while he has not met Pacquiao to personally check on his condition, the boxer’s hand twitches during interviews, which should be a cause for concern.

This is not the first time that a medical expert raised concerns over Pacquiao’s health.

Dr. Raquel Fortun, a renowned forensics expert in the country, earlier said she was not convinced by the CT scan that cleared Pacquiao following his knockout loss to Mexican foe Juan Manuel Marquez.

Fortun said severe head trauma could lead to Alzheimer’s disease or a form of dementia that worsens over time.
She said several studies have been done on the effect of chronic trauma or repeated hits to the head of the athletes, particularly boxers and football players.

Fortun said the knockout punch that hit Pacquiao was actually two hits: when Marquez’s fist connected with Pacquiao’s face and when the boxing champ fell face down on the canvass.

She said a severe blow to the head could damage the dura mater, which is a membrane that surrounds the brain. Once damaged, it could lead to a subdural hematoma.

The forensic expert expressed alarm over reports that Pacquiao allegedly had a slight seizure after falling unconscious from Marquez’s hammer blow to the head.


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