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T Watson-Fargie, DG Grosset, J White, F Cowie
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Volume 48: Issue 3: 2018




Imatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is the mainstay of treatment for resected high-risk (adjuvant and metastatic) gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) – a rare form of sarcoma. There has been recent research into the neuroprotective role and modulation of dopaminergic neurones by imatinib through the abl pathway in Parkinson’s disease (PD). We describe two patients from a single cancer centre with concurrent diagnoses of PD and metastatic GIST receiving imatinib and standard PD management. The cases highlight a potential reduction in PD progression using Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale. Further research into repurposing of imatinib for PD may provide additional management options for this neurodegenerative illness.