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Do people with temporal lobe epilepsy have Alzheimer's later?

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Dr. Jeff Seaman
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Great question

Boston is a great town to keep track of this.
This is a very sophisticated question. There are rare cases of "tle" in which an autoimmune encephalitis seems to be causitive. Some cases of autoimmune encephalitis are not monophasic, and can recur, with cumulative neuronal injury. It is possible but yet unknown if alzheimer-type pathology (amyloid plaques) would be accelerated in such cases.

In brief: Great question

Boston is a great town to keep track of this.
This is a very sophisticated question. There are rare cases of "tle" in which an autoimmune encephalitis seems to be causitive. Some cases of autoimmune encephalitis are not monophasic, and can recur, with cumulative neuronal injury. It is possible but yet unknown if alzheimer-type pathology (amyloid plaques) would be accelerated in such cases.
Dr. Jeff Seaman
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Dr. Eric Weisman
The converse can occur (DAT leading to TLE) in upwards of 1/3 of patients I see. (I'm a Boston trained Behavioral Neurologist)
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Alzheimer's is a complex degenerative brain disorder with many facets, as yet not well understood.
Temporal lobe epilepsy is a definitive seizure problem whose etiology (cause) will determine future symptoms. They aren't necessarily related.

In brief: Not necessarily

Alzheimer's is a complex degenerative brain disorder with many facets, as yet not well understood.
Temporal lobe epilepsy is a definitive seizure problem whose etiology (cause) will determine future symptoms. They aren't necessarily related.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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