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    • CommentAuthorRodstar43
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2018
     
    i cannot finf and easy discription for my wife..
    9 yrars short and long tem memoy shot, talk ok shot term, mmex score 6, cognitiveability shot, bath self, dress self, continents. disoriented, no good reasoning.

    hass simple partial sisures, has angiosarcoma

    alz or vasula dementia or does ir matter?
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      CommentAuthorCharlotte
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2018
     
    It really doesn't matter - they are all basically the same. The pathway may differ a little but the end result is the same - death.
    • CommentAuthorlindyloo*
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2018
     
    Rodstar43, It really does not matter. The progression of both is the same. The only way to find out for sure is probably with an autopsy after death, something I chose not to do for my partner. It was too much to deal with that on top of everything else. I always assumed she had vascular dementia due to her medical history but Alzheimers' is what is written on her death certificate. For all I know it could be either or both. It sometimes is both.
    • CommentAuthorRodstar43
    • CommentTime2 days ago
     
    can you ask for an autopsy and if you have to pay how much are they?
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    Yes, you can ask for an autopsy, but you have to make all of the arrangement beforehand. There are several facilities in the country who specialize in neuropathology ( Mayo,Harvard) and they have forms that need to be filled out ahead of time (our funeral director was very helpful in procuring all of the paperwork before hand). They will be able to tell you how much it will cost. You will have to pay the funeral director, a local pathologist who will remove the brain at the funeral home, and then the facility where the brain is sent (who will provide the funeral director and local pathologist with explicit instructions on how to preserve and pack it for transport). It takes at least 2-3 months to get a written report back. They make slides of the tissue that has to be processed and then read and that takes considerable time.
    This isn't something that you can decide at the last minute because it requires a university department of pathology that specializes in dementia and a complex collection procedure. My husband's brain autopsy was done at Mayo because that is where the local pathologist (who actually drove two hours to our town) had connections.