Detecting Plaques BEFORE Autopsy…

My demented mom brain

Exciting read in today’s New York Times…………………… Below are just some interesting snippets about misdiagnosis………..the human brain……complete mystery………………even to the best minds in medicine…………. Check out the entire NYT article by clicking on this incredibly long link.

Thank you Dr. Daniel Skovronsky!!

What I found especially striking was the percentage of people who are MISDIAGNOSED by doctors. Dementia is in no way an understandable science, but for me, this piece offers comfort because I don’t think my mom has Alzheimer’s disease—even though she was “diagnosed” with it in 2006. I think she suffers from Vascular Dementia………….. I guess, at the end of the day, I would like to know for sure what is causing her decline. Just knowing and knowing what’s to come would offer me some peace………….

Even at the best medical centers, doctors often are wrong. Twenty percent of people with dementia—a loss of memory and intellectual functions—who received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, did not have it. There was no plaque when their brains were biopsied. Half with milder memory loss, thought to be on their way to Alzheimer’s, do not get the disease. And with such a high rate of misdiagnosis, some who are mistakenly told that they have Alzheimer’s are not treated for conditions, like depression or low levels of thyroid hormone or drug side effects and interactions, that are causing their memory problems………………………………………….

A man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and cancer had a scan showing no plaque. His autopsy did not show it, either. The diagnosis was wrong. Another man with Parkinson’s disease and dementia had been diagnosed as having dementia solely due to Parkinson’s. His scan showed amyloid. So did the autopsy. He had Alzheimer’s. A woman with mild memory loss had a scan showing no amyloid. Her autopsy also found none. Three others had clinical diagnoses of Alzheimer’s, confirmed by scans and autopsies.


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