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Would you say my mom is in stage 5 of renal failure? She is 84 with dementia and dr say dialysis is not an option. How much time does she have?

Would you say my mom is in stage 5 of renal failure? She is 84 with dementia and dr say dialysis is not an option. How much time does she have?

Depends: If she was told that she has end stage renal disease, then she is in kidney failure. How functional the individual is is a better reflection on whether the person should recieve dialysis. In older adults, if there are no dangerous urgent symproms, then dialysis is delayed until absolutely needed. If mom is having these symptoms and not to be dialyzed, she may have only a few weeks.

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Can dementia be cured?

Can dementia be cured?

Unfortunately, no.: Dementia is a progressive disease. Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure.

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Is dementia hereditary?

Is dementia hereditary?

Yes and no: If there is an illness that runs in your family you should speak to your doctor about it. There are many many types of dementia. Some of them are genetically passed on while others aren't. The most common type of dementia is alzheimers disease and there are 2 forms. The early onset form is highly heritable. Alcoholic dementia is not inherited though a propensity for alcohol dependence can be.

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Can you inherit dementia?

Can you inherit dementia?

Some kinds.: Some types of dementia like alzheimer's disease with early onset at ages 40 to 60 have a large genetic component while other types of dementia like alcohol induced do not.

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How is dementia diagnosed?

Clinically: Usually a clinical diagnosis, no blood work and no imaging test.

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What are symptoms of dementia ?

Memory problems: Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use.

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How to know you may have dementia?

How to know you may have dementia?

May be challenging: We do accept that subjective cognitive impairment may be a valid complaint of an impending dementia. But many medications can cause cognitive clouding, especially in older folks, and thyroid problems, vitamin deficiency, and elevated homocysteine could be issue. Small strokes and early onset of alzheimers perhaps. Neuropsych testing is best approach, but start with your doc.

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What are the symptoms of dementia?

What are the symptoms of dementia?

Early dementia: Behavioral and psychological symptoms (bps) are common in the older population and may be an indication of early dementia. Van der linde rm et al 2012 found that wandering and persecution were independently associated with progression to dementia. Early co morbid conditions include obsessive compulsive disorders with evolving paranoid symptoms such as fear of stealing behaviors.

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What kind of condition is dementia?

Neurological: Dementia is a clinical term that means a progressive impairment of thinking abilities (often but not always memory) that interferes with the person's abilities to perform their usual daily activities. Many types of disorders can cause dementia. Some, such as low thyroid, low vitamin B12 or severe depression are treatable. Others such as alzheimer's disease have some treatments but cannot be cured.

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What causes dementia and its symptoms?

What causes dementia and its symptoms?

Damage to the brain: Dementia is a general term for a number of different types of illnesses each of which affect important brain functions. The symptoms a person has depend on the areas of the brain affected.

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Personal needs for.Toilet and dementia?

Personal needs for.Toilet and dementia?

Incontinence: As dementia worsens, not only does their cognition decline but their body muscles weaken so it becomes more difficult to get out of bed/chair and walk to the bathroom. There's usually a progression from having a difficult time in getting to the bathroom in time, to using a bedside commode, then to diapers. All dementia patients progress to complete incontinence of bowel and bladder at some point.

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What are the different forms of dementia?

What are the different forms of dementia?

Forms of dementia: Some forms of dementia are Alzheimers, Fronto-Temporal dementia, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, cortico basal ganglia degeneration, and dementia due to an illness like MS.

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Which are the different forms of dementia?

Answer below: Alzheimers (60% - 65%), less common are vascular dementia, lewy body dementia, picks disease (frontotemporal), alcoholic, B12 deficiency, hiv, dementia pugilistica (head trauma), a few rare prion diseases such as jacob kruetzfeld (spongioform encephalopathy), and mixed. Some reversible encephalopathies are occasionally classified as dementias, but not true dementias.

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What are noncognitive symptoms of dementia?

What are noncognitive symptoms of dementia?

Behavior and dementi: Behavioral disturbances are frequently the most challenging manifestations of dementia and are exhibited in almost all people with dementia. Common behavioral disturbances can be grouped into four categories: mood disorders (e.g., depression, apathy, euphoria); sleep disorders (insomnia, hypersomnia, night-day reversal); psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations); and agitation.

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So what are the earliest symptoms of dementia?

So what are the earliest symptoms of dementia?

Earliest Symptoms: Short term memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, changes in mood, behavior, or personality, language problems, word-finding difficulties, decreased judgment, loss of initiative, problems keeping track of things, disorientation to time or place, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about a friend or relative, talk with your doctor about your concerns.

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What are the symptoms of temporofrontal dementia?

What are the symptoms of temporofrontal dementia?

Personality change: There are several distinct types of ftld or fld. One type presents with apathy or disinhibited personality changes. This can slightly resemble depression or mania. Other types present with the gradual loss of the ability to speak starting with nouns. Finally a third form involves speech becoming more telegraphic then finally the person is mute.

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At which point is medication for dementia necessary?

At which point is medication for dementia necessary?

For symptoms : Dementia cannot be treated directly. There are medicines for many symptoms or interventions involving the environment or training caregivers. Dementia specific medicines like aricept, namenda, Exelon (rivastigmine) can help prevent or treat anxiety, agitation and aggression.

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Is dementia preventable?

Don't know: There is some evidence that doing different things other than your daily routine can keep our brains growing and making new connections.

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Can fixcom 4 cause dementia?

Can fixcom 4 cause dementia?

I am not: aware of such association...LIVER FUNCTION ABNORMALITIES and Gastrointestinal irritation are the known side effects. Hope this helps! Dr Z'

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What is Lewy bodies dementia?

What is Lewy bodies dementia?

Clinical Features: Neurodegenerative, progressive d/o with  milder physical parkinsonism than parkinson's disease typically. (slowed movements, stiff/rigid muscles & posture, possibly resting tremor). But with early dementia, often with associated psychosis (visual hallucinations/delusional thoughts, excessive sleepiness, depression, anxiety, apathy, & rbd=rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep.

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control ...Read more