Trepanation for dementia

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19 Responses to “Trepanation for dementia”

  1. Takuan says:

    That would have worked if you hadn’t stopped me.

  2. Tom Hale says:

    Apoxia – I couldn’t find the study that I read concerning increased intracranial pressure being misdiagnosed as alzheimers, but here’s a good one. Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH):
    New Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment

  3. Tom Hale says:

    I suppose I should have said, “too much fluid in their brain,” instead of increased intracrainial pressure. I suppose I’ve mixed the two since I read about it a few years ago.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My favourite subject :oD if only i had the balls to actually have it done! ITAG > http://www.trepan.com

  5. towlemonkey says:

    That’s fascinating, and makes quite a bit of sense. However, it seems a bit extreme. It seems that performing daily headstands or using an inversion board would produce similar results.

  6. MrsBug says:

    Being 41, I need that like a hole in the head.

    Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.

  7. Marchhare says:

    I clicked on the comments to see how many of them it took before someone made the “I need that like I need a hole in my head” joke. (Of course, on the off chance no one made it, I was ready to do so.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    I want to be a trepan! YAY!

  9. buddy66 says:

    Yeah, but MRSBUG’s rimshot club comic delivery is funny.

  10. PaulR says:

    Please, please, please read the Wiki page on Amanda Feilding, and go ahead and read the ‘science’ projects at the Beckley Foundation’s website.

    Sigh.

    Regarding the NPH treatment: it looks like the Dysmorphophobes, er, trepanatists have been drilling in the wrong place…

  11. Tom Hale says:

    I’ve read that a lot of people that are diagnosed with alzheimers actually have too much fluid in their brain and they return to normal when the extra fluid is drained. Maybe that’s what’s going on here.

  12. 3.14chan says:

    Interesting, I think that people should study more about this (but will be very hard to find a form of placebo for test)

  13. Modusoperandi says:

    Plus, when you push in the “4-square-centimetre” bone-free area with your index finger you get to smell burning toast. It’s win-win!

  14. Drew from Zhrodague says:

    I recommend this procedure only when required by the driving habits or political views of the demented.

  15. Brainspore says:

    Why not? It seems to work for migraines.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Shoot, Home Depot should get into this racket!

  17. apoxia says:

    @ Tom Hale

    I’ve never heard that theory, and I know a lot about dementia.

    Interesting idea of trepanation. Still doesn’t help with neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques which are the most common physiological correlates of dementia. Unless Moskalenko thinks trepanation would work as a prophylactic treatment – although neurofibrillary tangles start to accumulate around age 30. It also raises issues of consent – drilling a hole in the skull is a pretty invasive procedure for someone who has lost a reasonable portion of the marbles.

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