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Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

It refers to an impairment or loss of ability to write letters.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Difficulty writing out words

Possible causes

  • Alzheimer dementia (AD)

    Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The brain shrinks, affecting memory and behavior. Symptoms worsen over time and can interfere with daily life. Increasing age raises the risk for Alzheimer dementia.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is an area in the wrist where nerves travel. When the tunnel is compressed, symptoms of numbness or pain in the fingers can occur. Common triggers include long periods of typing on keyboards, pregnancy, and diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Progressive subcortical vascular encephalopathy

    Progressive subcortical vascular encephalopathy (PSVE) occurs due to fatty deposits and blood clots in the blood vessels that supply the white matter and deep structures of the brain, resulting in damage. It is most common in elderly individuals with hypertension.

  • Parkinson disease (PD)
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Olive bridge cerebellar atrophy
  • CADASIL / CARASIL
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

Related serious diseases

  • Cerebral infarction

    Cerebral infarction refers to damage to brain tissue resulting from a stroke. It occurs due to decreased blood supply and oxygen delivery to the brain, causing brain cell death and brain damage. It is typically caused by a blood clot or fatty/cholesterol plaques blocking a blood vessel to the brain, but can also occur if a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain.

  • Hepatic encephalopathy

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you become unable to write properly?

  • Have you been feeling depressed recently?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

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Reviewed By:

Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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