Doctors in Israel recently determined that they believe there is a link between Alzheimer’s and bedsores, finding that abnormal cell density in the skin of dementia patients is the likely reason that they are more susceptible to wounds such as pressure ulcers.
Dr. Efraim Jaul, director of geriatric skilled nursing at Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem, started the study after noticing that many patients with dementia (especially with Alzheimer’s disease) seemed more prone to developing pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores or "decubitus ulcers").
The doctors theorize that abnormal changes in the brain that lead to dementia are not localized but actually occur at the same time in other body systems, including the skin and connecting organs.
The doctors are hoping to advance a skin test which would be used to pinpoint a patient's type and state of dementia in order to suppress the progressive of cognitive decline.
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