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Relationship between Brain Surgery and Dementia
Mimi S.
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 3:35 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 7027


 

Does anyone know of any studies concerning a relationship between brain surgery and dementia?

 

We do know that trauma to the brain like concussions have a relationship. And brain surgery certainly is a major trauma? I wonder if anyone ever did a study of those with various types of brain surgery and later incidence of dementia?


Myriam
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 7:12 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326


Here's an article from the Mayo Clinic on brain injury and alzheimer's:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers-disease/AN01710


Myriam
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 7:20 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326


Here's an article that says a single brain surgery does not cause alzheimer's:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/alzheimers-hope-the-horizon/200911/is-surgery-cause-alzheimers-disease

BTW, I had brain surgery on 10/18/11 and did not have a noticeable change in my symptoms. 


Geegee
Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012 8:43 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 514


Brain surgery? Seriously? What for if I may ask?  Were you already diagnosed?


I'm concerned about even having anesthesia again because of potential  compromises in my cognition.


Myriam
Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:09 AM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326


Yup, I've suffered from trigeminal neuralgia since 1994. They used to call it the Suicide Disease because the pain is excruciating, like when a dentist touches a nerve while drilling, except there's nothing to stop it. I had gamma knife treatment twice, but it only stopped the pain temporarily, so this past October decided to have the surgery because I couldn't imagine going into dementia with the pain. The surgery required the surgeon to go into the brain and push a blood vessel away from the trigeminal nerve, which controls the side of the face.

Wasn't it the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz that needed a brain?

Iris L.
Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:56 PM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 18362


Good for you, Myriam!  I never hear it called the Suicide Disease, but I can believe it.  I'm glad your surgery was successful.   

 

Since your brain was exposed, that would have been the perfect time for a brain biopsy to definitely learn what type of dementia you have.   I don't remember you mentioning a brain biopsy, so I take it one was not done? 

 

Iris L. 


Tonya2
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:58 AM
Joined: 12/8/2011
Posts: 33


Myriam-I wish you the best and much relief....
Myriam
Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 2:06 AM
Joined: 12/6/2011
Posts: 3326


Hi, Iris, I have the presenilin 1 gene. If a person has that gene, they will have early onset AD, so a biopsy wasn't necessary. My father and half of his siblings, as well as half of my older cousins have it.

 
Thank you, Tanya. Actually, I'm doing very well. I feel pretty normal, and hope to be so for a long time. I'm an eternal optimist looking for a cure!
 

 

 
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