Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pick Disease

Pick's disease is a neurodegenerative syndrome that affects the central nervous system, specially, the brain's frontal and temporal lobes. It is characterized by motor and sensorial aphasia (loss of the verbal capacity to pronounce words), memory impairment, in which the patient can not remember certain words, especially nouns. apathy (lack of interest for life), etc. In later stages, there is agnosia (loss of the ability to interpret sensory stimuli) and apraxia (impaired ability to execute coordinated and purposeful muscular movements). Pick's disease begins at the age of 50+; it is progressive and the patient, in a 5 or 7-year period, ends up in a deep dementia. There is not cure for it.