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Can Seizures Cause Dementia
Sort of: There are many causes of dementia, including some we don't normally think of, such as vitamin deficiency, stroke, or brain tumor. Some of these diseases can cause dizziness in addition to dementia. More typically, dizziness does not accompany dementia. Dizziness can be a separate problem from dementia, or might help pinpoint an underlying cause for both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vascular dementia: There are various types of dementia, in addition to Alzheimer's. Vascular dementia can be the result of strokes or reduced blood flow through the brain. Progressive Arteriosclerosis will restrict blood through the brain and result in dementia. Many believe that vascular dementia is under diagnosed. See your doctor for treatment to deal with this condition. ...Read more
Not exactly: Hallucinations or visual disturbances aren't symptoms of dementia, per se. However, patients with dementia may experience hallucinations or delusions if a delirium or other cause of these symptoms is superimposed on the dementia. Delirium develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate throughout the day. Patients with delirium often respond well to treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various: The most common cause is psychological. It's where stress is converted into physical symptoms (do it's called a "conversion disorder"). Sadly, about 2/3 of people with seizure-like conversion disorders have a history of abuse (often sexual abuse.) Other things can mimic seizures and should be ruled out (fainting, certain uncommon migraine types...) ...Read more
Usually not: To call the seizure as a febrile seizure, the age of the child should be between 6 mo and 6 yrs, the seizure should be associated with the sudden raise of high temp, the sizure should be generalized and less than 15 mins, even if it is prolonged and it was purely a febrile seizure, it does not cause permanent brain injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definition issue: By definition, febrile seizures are considered benign, lasting only minutes & not leading to respiratory compromise. As long as the brain & heart get oxygen, the chances of death or disability is remote & kids outgrow them. However, some kids with epilepsy will have a seizure with a fever, & carry a fsz label but go on to have major seizures with damage as they get older. ...Read more
Rarely: There is a rare but very specific type of epilepsy that is photo sensitive. In some just the flashing of light at a specific frequency can cause a seizure. In very rare cases a specific pattern will set off seizure activity. A type of baboon (papio-papio) has a genetic tendency for photosensitive epilepsy. They have been studied in detail. Coated glasses can help. ...Read more
Delusions are: psychotic experiences. Diseases are schizophrenia, mania or deep depression, or delusional disorder. Seizures can be stress or fever induced, but more often are brain disorders (organic). Headaches? Too many diseases or medication side effects to list here.. All three can be induced by drug overdose, particularly the speeds...but hallucinogens can be a factor in delusions and headaches. ...Read more
?????: Pharmacologically induced coma may be used to treat seizures, i.e. Uncontrolled seizures, i.e. Status epilepticus. The idea is that stopping all brain activity beyond what is metabolically essential to maintain neuronal viability will cause the culprit neurons to stop firing abnormally when the drug is stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it can: Head trauma can cause a host of problems both immediately and long-term. Some injuries are more obvious -- like skull fractures, gunshot wounds, etc. Others, like closed head injuries or concussions, are less obvious but suffering is still present. One needs a good neurologist and neuropsychiatrist to help with such situations. Medications can be tricky, and behavioral management's needed too. ...Read more
No: Dementia is usually differentiated into two types: vascular type, and non-vascular type. Vascular dementia is due to disruption in the vascular supply causing degeneration of neurons. Non-vascular dementia, such as Alzheimer's dementia, Lewy body dementia are cause by mechanisms involve amyloid plaque depositions and neurofibrillary tangles, and accumulation of Lewy body in the neuron. ...Read more
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