Dementia in ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) (cont.)
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Dementia in ALS Symptoms
Frontal lobe dementia in ALS usually appears as a change in personality and behavior. The exact nature of this change varies from person to person. The following symptoms are common:
Cognitive symptoms include the following:
Some individuals develop repetitive rituals involving hoarding, dressing, wandering, or using the bathroom. Others may overeat or develop strange eating rituals.
The cognitive changes often precede symptoms of ALS. Throughout the course of the dementia, the following typical signs and symptoms of ALS also progress:
When to Seek Medical Care for Dementia in ALS
You are the best person to judge whether you are experiencing changes that suggest ALS and dementia. Any changes in personality, behavior, speech, or memory warrant a visit to your health care provider.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/26/2016
Joe Verghese, MD, MRCPI
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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