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Alzheimer's Disease

Trauma Room Dementia

05/12/2010

Question:

My father 78 years went in to have surgery to fix vein in his stomach so down the road he could have a stent put in. Everything went fine until he woke up. He didn`t remeber anything. This was back 3 weeks ago. He is remebering some, but he wants to sleep all the time. NO MEDS. He is still in the hosptal. The doctors want him in a nursing home for rehab. Will he ever be better or close to it?

Answer:

It is impossible to predict without knowing the entire medical history and his clinical course. However, since he is older and since you are noticing improvement in his thinking, there is a chance that he will continue to improve gradually over time. Older individuals often take longer to recover from brain insults of whatever type.

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Response by:

Douglas W Scharre, MD Douglas W Scharre, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University