Monday, September 24, 2012

Final Answers

Finally, we have some answers about my Mother. We got the autopsy reports back today. There were 2 reports – one Final Anatomic Diagnosis and the Final Neuropathology Report.

The official cause of death was necrotizing pneumonia. Necrotizing is such a scary word, I think. She was being fed by g-tube and aspirated the feedings. Since her breathing rate was very low and she sounded bad, that was not a surprise.

The Neuropathology report said that she had Front Temporal Dementia with ubiquitin positive inclusions. I have been trying to figure out what ubiquitin positive inclusions are but all I get are complicated results that are included with Front Temporal Dementia.

I was happy to finally know what was going on. Instead of saying Mom had “dementia” I can say what she had. It just gave us the answer that we were looking for. There were no surprises in either report except maybe for nodules that Mom had on a few organs but nothing that would have changed anything.  After the long struggle, it is closure.

It also proves that Mom did not have Parkinson’s as the death certificate said and it made Dad happy.

11 comments:

  1. I am glad you and your dad have the answers you needed.

    (Because you mentioned it, I googled and found this little explanation of the ubiquitins. It sounds like they are an amino acid whose presence indicates degradation of cells in that area of the brain.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/ubiquitin )

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  2. Jen, I'm glad you have the answers. I'm sorry for all the pain you and your family went through.

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  3. Jen, I'm pleased to hear you finally got the results and I'm glad you feel closure from this. It's also good to hear that your Dad was comforted by the results as well.

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  4. I'm glad that you and your family got the closure you needed.

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  5. I'm glad you got those answers.

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