All brain scans good: Could my husband still have dementia?

Posted by adv @adv, Apr 1 5:45pm

My husband had carotid artery checked, Cat scan of brain AND SPECT scan. All came back good. Could he still have dementia. He is 89.

Hi there. I am not a doctor. I was a caregiver for my mom who had alzheimer's disease for 8, almost 9 years. I have kept up with the research being done and I write blogs on my experience with her caregiving. I will say this. Did anyone say anything about loss of brain volume? Any areas of his brain that appear to be smaller or shrinking? That is a key issue in diagnosing AD, among many other things such as behavior, loss of short term memory, trouble with finding words, unusual behavior. I have some good information on my website called A New Path for Mom (www.anewpathformom.com). Look under the tab Alzheimer's Disease and also Videos/Resources. I wish you the best. Love, Virginia

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I know nothing about brain volume. Spoke to neurologist after SPECT SCAN. She said it was normal and come back in 3 months. I feel like I am floundering all by myself. Maybe we need better neurologist?
Thank you for replying. I will check out your website.

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Hello @adv. What behaviors is your husband exhibiting that make you think of dementia? If the neurologist says it’s OK, maybe it is. The neurologist wants to see your husband in 3 months, correct? Why don’t you start a journal or a list of all the changes you see each day. Every little thing that has been bothering you. You can then take this when you go for the visit in 3 months. This should help to give you and the doctor a clearer picture of what’s going on.

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Yes, I always help a list of things I noticed between Dr visits, and then gave that list to the nurse or Dr. when we went for an appointment. That way I didn't have to say anything in front of my husband. I always went in with him and only was out of the office when the Dr. asked me to leave, so she could examine him in private.

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Hello @adv. What behaviors is your husband exhibiting that make you think of dementia? If the neurologist says it’s OK, maybe it is. The neurologist wants to see your husband in 3 months, correct? Why don’t you start a journal or a list of all the changes you see each day. Every little thing that has been bothering you. You can then take this when you go for the visit in 3 months. This should help to give you and the doctor a clearer picture of what’s going on.

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As this is so new to me, I appreciate your suggestion. I will do that. Thank you

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