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A 70 friend has developed an alarming level memory loss. She

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A 70 friend has developed an alarming level memory loss. She went to a neurologist several months ago, got all the usual tests, including CTscan and PET scan MRI and was told that there was no evidence in any of the tests pointing to a degenerative disease (e.g. alzheimer's) as a cause. Her memory seems to be getting worse. She doesn't take many medications -- just atenolol & pravastatin. Any suggestions on where she should turn to next?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.
This is Dr. David
alzherimers is not seen on brain MRI scan
it is a clinical diagnosed based on a patients brain examination and evaluation.
alzheimers is a certain type of dementia with loss of facial recognition of loved ones'
there are other types of dementia.
if she is having loss of memory, this is a type of dementia
she needs also CSF sampling from spinal tap as well to check the fluid around her spinal cord.
so there are more tests she can have as well
sounds like she needs to see another neurologist
let me know if you have questions