Epilepsy makes Alzheimer’s patients more quickly senile
People with Alzheimer’s disease or mild memory problems who have epilepsy are known to experience a decline in function and capability faster than the brain with Alzheimer’s and memory problems who do not have epilepsy.
“Identification and careful treatment of the epileptic brain may improve their situation,” said Dr. Keith Vossel from the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease in San Francisco, as reported by U.S. News (12/07).
These results were found after researchers evaluated data from 54 patients and found that people who have mild memory problems and epilepsy showed mental decline about seven years earlier than people with memory problems who do not have epilepsy. The research was conducted in participants aged 64-71 years.
Meanwhile, Alzheimer’s patients who have epilepsy are known to have decreased brain function and memory five years earlier than Alzheimer’s patients who do not have epilepsy. Patients who have epilepsy are known to experience a more rapid decline in memory and severe than those who do not have epilepsy.
Researchers wrote that epilepsy that occurs in Alzheimer’s and memory problems should receive adequate attention as a large effect on the patient. Not only that, epilepsy sometimes do not get much attention and are not treated properly.