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Can Untreated Herpes Cause Dementia
Yes: Hypothyroidism is one of the most important metabolic causes of reversible cognitive impairment. The term refers to thyroid under function within adults, which results in deficits of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine T4 and triodothyronine t3 (liothyronine). This underfunction may originate in the thyroid itself or in the pituitary or hypothalamus which controls the thyroid gland. ...Read more
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Elderly: Although more likely to be diagnosed as a delerium, a UTI is a common cause of confusion and disorientation in the elderly. If not ruled-out, patients can mistakenly be diagnosed with dementia. Once the UTI is treated, the sensorium generally improves, unless there is another condition or disorder present. ...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 dementia per se: ....but some of the things which may lead to dementia can also cause autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Things such as Parkinson's disease, HIV and AIDS, encephalitis. Symptoms such as rigidity and difficulty swallowing present in late stage dementia are not, typically, caused by autonomic dysfunction. ...Read more
Rule Out Causes: Very common in dementias but may be treated very differently. (alzheimer's hallucinations may be treated different then those of lewy body or parkinson's dementias) the type of dementia is important to be as accurate as possible with. Medical evaluation is needed regardless as many medical conditions lead to hallucinations. Environmental stimuli and stress. Finally not all hallucinations need meds. ...Read more
Alzheimers: 70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease. But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Allele, not a mutant: It's not well understood, but often appears in those w/ Parkinson's, so a link with the PARK11 gene has been studied. Like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, most cases since not all end up w/ it LBD is not thought to be strongly inheredited. Yet LBD risk is heightened w/ inheritance of an allele. Info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia_with_Lewy_bodies ...Read more
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