Dr. Erika Kube: Concerns about dementia signs lead to CT scan and unexpected result_freckle removal youtube

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A patient is prepared for a CT scan at Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza on Ohio State University's campus on Oct. 7, 2013.
A patient is prepared for a CT scan at Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza on Ohio State University's campus on Oct. 7, 2013.

Ken was brought to the emergency department by his wife, Rebecca, who had concerns that he was forgetting things, slurring his speech and having difficulty with his balance.

Rebecca told the triage nurse that these symptoms had been going on intermittently for several months. Because the episodes seemed to be occurring more frequently, she called their family physician, who told them to come to the emergency department (ED).

The ED was busy the evening they arrived due to patients with injuries related to falls and car crashes because of snowy and ice weather. It took a couple of hours before Ken was able to get a bed. He told his wife that he was tired of waiting and they could come back another day. She refused to let him leave without being evaluated.

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Several of her friends had told her that they thought he was likely developing dementia, which was upsetting because her father had suffered from Alzheimer’s dementia and she remembered how hard it had been on her mother.

Dr. Erika Kube
Dr. Erika Kube

When I entered the room, Ken looked annoyed to be there. As I asked him what was going on, I paid close attention to how he spoke. I didn't notice any deficits in his speech as he told me that the only reason he was there was because his wife wanted to have him checked out. His wife quickly chimed in that she spoke with his doctor's office about his symptoms and they were concerned enough to send him to the ED.

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Over the past several months, Rebecca had noticed that Ken had periods where something seemed off. He appeared confused and had trouble talking at times. She also noticed that he was occasionally off balance while walking and had to hold onto the wall or a chair to keep from falling. These symptoms always seemed to go away, and Ken brushed it off as nothing. Rebecca thought he was developing dementia.

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