Updated on August 12, 2013
J.C. asks from Philadelphia, PA
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My aunt was diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia 2 years ago. During the last few weeks her eyes roll back into her head so you can only see the whites of her eyes. This last for only a few seconds at a time but it happens several times a minute literally all day long. She can still walk when this is happening and I have witnessed her speak when her eyes were rolled back although she rarely speaks at all these days. She is unable to have any type of meaningful conversation or answer any questions. Her primary doctor in the nursing home where she lives believes she is purposefully doing this. I showed a video to my eye doctor and he was stumped although he believes it is involuntary. She has an appointment with a neurologist in a few weeks but I was wondering if any of you have any insight? I am thinking it could be some type of seizure. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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answers from Miami on

If she has dementia, it shouldn't matter if she is doing this "on purpose" or not. ("On purpose" is a really relative term when there is dementia involved. Strange noises from dementia patients' throats, which sound like Tourette's might be "on purpose" too, but it doesn't matter. It's part and parcel of having the dementia.)

First, seizures need to be ruled out by the neurologist. I will bet that he will find abnormal activity in her brain waves when he does a brain scan. I don't know if he can attribute the abnormality to seizures unless she has one while he's doing the test. If seiziures are ruled out, then it's just part of the dementia.

I'm sorry you are going through this. It's a very hard road, JC, mostly for the family and caregivers.


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answers from Miami on

Hi JC. I just read this. How is your aunt? I don't have any insight unfortunately ...only a prayer ...

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answers from Dallas on

I have a 4 year old with epilepsy. His seizure were laughing fits, so seizures can take on many different personas. This sounds like it could be small seizures or pre-cursors to seizures. If it is indeed seizures, they sound mild. My son's epilepsy stems from a frontal lobe abnormality as well. Sounds very similar.

Sorry you have to deal with this, please keep us updated, will pray for you and your aunt.

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answers from Milwaukee on

When my daughter has had seizures she was extremely tired afterwards - does she ever seem abnormally tired? Hope you find out something from the neurologist.

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