Evidence from clinical and experimental studies supports the hypothesis of free radical-mediated damage of dopaminergic neurons in the pathology of Parkin's disease (PD). The present study was undertaken to evaluate the role of nitric oxide and oxidative stress in PD. Estimation of the stable metabolites of nitric oxide (NO, nitrite, nitrate) and malondialdehyde (MDA), an acceptable marker of lipid peroxidation, can provide indirect evidence of involvement of free radicals. Nitrite and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels were estimated in the lumbar cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of 20 controls and 21 patients with PD. Nitrite and MDA content was not significantly altered in the CSF of PD patients as compared to the controls. Nitrite and MDA levels in CSF of PD patients exhibited no correlation with age, duration of disease, and severity of illness (measured by the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Score). There was no correlation between the CSF nitrite and MDA level. Findings of the present study do not provide evidence for the involvement of nitric oxide and oxidative stress in PD.