Some studies have shown that, although Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease are distinct neurological disorders, as many as 25 percent of patients with Alzheimer's develop Parkinson's-like symptoms, and some Parkinson's patients develop signs of Alzheimer's disease. Having known a woman who entered a nursing home with Parkinson's and was later found to have Alzheimer's, I've been curious about this combination. After reading "Living Well With Parkinson's Disease: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That you Need to Know" by Gretchen Garie and Michael J. Church, co-founders of Movers and Shakers, with Winifred Conkling, I was grateful to the authors for making the educational experience so interesting. I'll admit that I always feel a little put off by books that use "What your doctor doesn't know" in the title, because I feel it's a bit gimmicky, but I'm glad I didn't let that stop me....
Spongy degeneration of the brain; Aspartoacylase deficiency
Treatment mostly aims to ease the symptoms of the disease. Lithium and other drugs are being investigated.
Additional information and resources are available from:
Canavan Foundation: www.canavanfoundation.org
Jacob's Cure: www.jacobscure.org
With Canavan disease, the central nervous system breaks down. Patients are likely to become disabled.
Death often occurs before 18 months of age. However, some patients live until they are teenagers or, rarely, young adults.
This is often a fatal disorder. It includes severe disabilities such as:
Inability to walk
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if your child has any symptoms of Canavan disease.
Diagnosis Parkinsons disease can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages. Doctors base their diagnosis on the patients medical history and symptoms evaluated during a neurological exam. No laboratory or imaging tests can diagnose Parkinsons, although brain scans such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron-emission tomographic (PET) may be used to rule out other neurological disorders. Medical History A medical and personal history should include any relevant symptoms as well as any medications taken, and information on other conditions the patient may have. Neurological Exam In a neurological exam, the doctor will ask the patient to sit, stand, walk, and extend arms. The doctor will observe the patients balance and coordination. Parkinson's may be suspected in patients who have at least two of the following four symptoms, especially if they are more obvious on one side of the body: Tremor (shaking) when the limb is at rest Slowness of movement (bradyk...
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