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Suffering from Alzheimer's syndrome and dementia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Here’s my problem my father has short term memory loss and his mental exams(MMSE, WMS-IV) scores only indicate impairment in verbal and non-verbal information retained, and the extent of verbal information lost is significantly impaired. His mother and father both were diagnosed in their 70s with a form a dementia. His mother suffered from anterograde amnesia, or anterograde Syndrome and dementia was an underlying condition?? (I think) they have diagnose him with Alzheimer’s but I feel he has symptoms that are more like or Anterograde Syndrome. But vie researched it on the internet and it says that Anterograde Syndrome is not genetic?? So how could he have it right? He is able to give detailed descriptions in regards to his field of work that he works in from 16 yrs. till he retired. But if I tell ask him what he did yesterday he makes up stories, because he can’t remember
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Doctor :   yes you are right, Anterograde amnesia is not genetic
Doctor :   but your father would have inherited the predisposition to develop the amnesia, or even it could be a mere chance
User :   what about the dementia could have he got that from his parents and anterograde as the underlaying illness
Doctor :   The same applies
User :   dementia is not geneic?
Doctor :   Yes, it is in as seen in some syndromes but along with amnesia , its less expected to be inherited
Doctor :   dementia is resulted more due to mutations than inheritance
User :   ive read on the internet that Anterograde amnesia is related to dementia
Doctor :   Both are related as the Medial temporal lobe
Doctor :   affection
User :   so it doesnt sound logical that he would have dementia with the Anterograde amnesia
Doctor :   yes , you are right
Doctor :   May i know your fathers age ?
User :   what do you think would cause the symptoms of only Anterograde amnesia and he is 73
User :   if he has been diagnosed already with onset of dementia
Doctor :   The dementia could be age related
User :   but he doesnt have any other symptoms related to Alzheimer onloy very short term memory
Doctor :   The start symptom for Alzheimer's is dementia
User :   and what is the predisposition
Doctor :   There are many metabolic illness which are hereditary and cause amnesia
User :   wouldnt dementia be one of those illnesses
Doctor :   Alcohol and drugs also do have a strong hold on the etiology of amnesia
Doctor :   not likely , dementia / age related degeneration could not be the cause for amnesia.
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