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is gray matter disease the same as dementia?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
22 years experience Neurology
Not exactly: Various types of dementia affects grey mater or white mater or both. Depending on type of disease, reversibility, extent location may affect the intellect (dementia).
Answered on Oct 23, 2018
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Dr. Seth Kunen
44 years experience Clinical Psychology
Yes and no.: Dementia can affect both gray matter (non-myelinated neurons) and white matter (myelinated neurons). Many different disease processes affect both gray and white matter that do not result in a formal diagnosis of dementia.
Answered on Oct 23, 2018
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