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In just trying to find out if all types if dementia would

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in just trying to find out if all types if dementia would show up on a cat scan?
JA: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?
Customer: its my MIL. She has confusion, memory loss, some slurred speech. Problems differentiating between what she sees on tv, or reads with reality. Ct scan came back normal. FIL has been diagnosed with alzheimer with ct scan and other tests
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: prescription drug over use
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: I am not sure what medication she takes daily
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrDLove replied 1 month ago.

Hello from JustAnswer. This is Dr. Love.

Actually, there are many types of dementia that do not show any abnormalities on the CT scan, including the most common type of dementia, Alzheimer's dementia. Alzheimer's dementia is primarily diagnosed based on the clinical assessment, although a CT scan will frequently be done to exclude conditions that can be seen on CT scan.