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Does Alcoholism Cause Dementia
Evaluation: I'd recommend a medical work-up and neuropsychological assessment in order to determine the best treatment. There is a disorder of thinking and behavior called wernicke-korsakoff syndrome that is caused by chronic alcohol-related vitamin deficiency. However, someone with a history of alcoholism may have another type of dementia, or other medical issues that affect thinking and behavior. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First order of: Business is to make sure that there are no other reversible causes of the confusion. This should include of course stopping the alcohol safely. It should also entail a search for other contributors such as a low b 12 or other vitamin, nutritional, medical, and infectious causes of confusion. A look at medications should ensure that none of them are causing the confusion as well. ...Read more
He has early stage dementia due to chronic alcoholism, diagnosed in 2011. He is vulgar & inappropriate lately. Is this normal w/dementia?
Yes: Unfortunately with dementias one often loses the ability to stop inappropriate social behaviors including the ones mentioned. The behavior is primarily physiological in this context. Measures to help him feel safer and medications which might enhance inhibitory circuits could be tried. I am not aware of any "magic bullets" for this but I would avoid shaming or confrontations. Try singing!? ...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
Wow: It is so uncommon I guess I would say dementia from alcohol and drug abuse, vascular origin and maybe post traumatic would be most common in that age group. You can go way out and say perhaps some severe metabolic disorders like hypothyroidism might be a cause... But all these are really really uncommon. ...Read more
Damage to blood flow: The vascular system supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients through the blood system or vasculature. When the vasculature system is negatively impacted it can lead to cell death and if enough damage occurs then one deveops vascular dementia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 main causes: Alzheimer's disease, lewy body dementia and vascular dementia are the top 3 causes. Death of brain cells results from the abnormal accumulation of proteins in the first 2 disorders. Vascular refers to loss of brain cells from little stroke-like events that deprive them of nutrition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Biology & addiction: Some people have a biological predisposition for alcoholism that runs in their families, other people develop a tolerance and addiction from overuse. Heavy drinking may start out as a bad habit, but alcoholism is an addiction and a disease that needs proper treatment or it can be life threatening. 12 step program and psychotherapy, as well as detox and rehab programs can be very helpful. ...Read more
Yes: Secondary (acquired) hemochromatosis is due to other blood-related disorders (such as thalassemia or certain anemias) or many blood transfusions. Sometimes it occurs in people with long-term alcoholism and other health conditions. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000327.htm hemochromatosis is too much iron in the body. It is also called iron overload. Causes there are two types. ...Read more
Many: Alcohol abuse is associated with liver, mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach cancers. It is likely one of the most significant cancer risk factors, second only to tobacco. Even moderate alcohol use is linked to an increased risk of breast and colon cancer. For more info: http://www.Cancer.Org/acs/groups/content/@healthpromotions/documents/document/acsq-017622.Pdf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: Absolutely. Not much else to say.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Marfan syndrome is caused by a mutation in a gene. The gene is dominant, so one mutation inherited from either parent will mean a child gets the disease. Sometimes the mutation is a new mutation, meaning neither parent had it. It is not caused by alcoholism nor by drug abuse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abstain from Alcohol: I am not sure what you mean by minor liver problems. One's liver can repair itself, if the damage is not too severe. A blood test can be used to determine the extent of the damage and also how much one's liver is able to return to normal functioning. ...Read more
Is there a connection between vagus nerve irritation (causing hiccuping) and dementia?
What are causes of vagus nerve irritation?
Not directly: Elderly people may suffer both, but they are not related. Damage to the nerve can result from injuries or even some surgeries. Aging alone can impair it to some degree. Discuss this w/ your doctor so you'll understand better about your condition and what to expect (or not). Best! ...Read more
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