May 4, 2012

When Illness Makes a Spouse a Stranger


Some have struggled with uncertain diagnoses because patients have symptoms of both Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal disease. One wife described trips to multiple doctors and inconclusive reports on PET scans and spinal taps. Should she have taken her husband to the Mayo Clinic? She agonized over the idea that he might have some illness other than frontotemporal dementia or Alzheimer’s, something treatable, and that there might be some way to rescue him, to bring him back.

Additional coverage: MSNBC


NY Times by Denise Grady

Tags: alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal disease, Mayo Clinic Health System, Neurology, NY Times

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