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How Many Types Of Dementia Are There
There are many.: Alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of irreversible dementia. Others include multi-infarct or vascular dementia, lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementias, huntington's disease, creutzfeld-jakob disease. Approximately 1 percent of dementia cases are reversible. They include operable brain tumors, vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid disease, alcoholism or depression. ...Read more
Is it reversible?: Tests consider reversible bs irreversible causes of dementia. Look at thyroid function tests, B12 levels, RPR to rule out syphillis. These are metabolic causes. Then ctscan or MRI to r:/o tumor, multiinfarct dementia (mid).If mid, ekg to r/o atrial fibrillation. Newer tests include pet scans and other new x-ray imaging studied. It is common to find small vessel ischemia. ...Read more
Very little: To my knowledge, there is very little truly being offered in this area. ...Read more
Can you tell me an examples of types of activities you do with a person who you have worked with and experience dementia?
Use your mind/body:
At all stages of dementia strengthening brain connections (called synapses) is the goal. We do not have proven therapies in humans with dementia that can do this. However, any type of physical or mental exercize will help you feel better at any stage of dementia.
Aroma therapy, pet therapy, music therapy are but a few modalities I recommend.
Contact with 'happy people' and engage them. ...Read more
See below: It affects the frontal lobes (front) and temporal lobes (sides) of the brain. Onset is usually earlier than alzheimer's. Initial sx may involve changes in personality, judgement and social functioning. Pick's disease is one of the forms of the frontotemporal dementia. Here's a link to fuller description of the disease http://www. Alz. Org/alzheimers_disease_frontotemporal_dementia. Asp. ...Read more
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
Alcohol: We have no evidence alzheimer's is caused by a drug. However chronic excessive alcohol use is associated with dementia. There are negative cognitive effects of many other drugs including marijuana and opiates but few dementia syndromes described. To cause dementia there would need to be brain damage. ...Read more
Vascular dementia: Vascular dementia may overlap with other types of dementia such as alzheimer's, but results from damage to, or blockages in, blood vessels that nourish the brain. This leads to tiny "infarcts" or deaths of nerve cells in the brain. People with hypertension and/or arteriosclerotic narrowing of these blood vessels are vulnerable to such changes, which happen in a stair-step process over time. ...Read more
Dementia types: Other common types include: vascular dementia (caused by multiple strokes); other degenerative neurological diseases (frontotemporal dementia, dementia with lewy bodies, parkinson’s, and huntingtons); infections that affect the central nervous system (hiv dementia, creutzfeldt-jakob disease); chronic drug, alcohol, or other substance abuse; and hydrocephalus (accumulation of fluid in the brain). ...Read more
Unlikely: Would be nice if it were as that could easily be treated. Certainly all dementias have emotional and behavioural symptoms as a part of the process. However, multiple strokes are never psychological. ...Read more
A certain type: Dementia refers to thinking and memory problems that are severe enough to impair a person's ability to do their normal activities. Alzheimer disease is the most common type of dementia. Others are less well known and include vascular dementia (multi-infarct dementia), fronto-temporal dementia, and dementia with lewy bodies. ...Read more
Two types of: Medications are available: cholinesterase inhibitors such as Aricept and nmda receptor antagonists like namenda (memantine). The first class increases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory. Namenda (memantine) decreases abnormal brain activity allowing clearer thinking. ...Read more
Recently found out my grandma has dementia. What type of doctor do we see and can you recommend one in the beaumont texas area?
Neurologist: Both neurologists and neuropsychologists can be helpful to your grandmother. ...Read more
Is memory loss from dementia caused by multiple mini strokes different from the type caused by alzheimer's? In what way?
Is schizophrenia a type of dementia? If not why does it cause severe memory loss, black outs during listening, forgetting basic things, names, ect?
Used to be thought s: Originally the disorder now called schizophrenia was called dementia praecox. Now we have a much more detailed division of mental disorders. There definately can be symptoms that are the same as those in someone with dementia. Any new diagnosis of schizophrenia requires a neurologic evaluation and brain imaging. There are many things that have overlapping sx and new sx may warrant neuro consult. ...Read more
How definitive is an MRI as a screening device to rule out dementia, either alzheimer's or other types?
Not great at all: Mri scans of the brain are usually done as part of a dementia workup, but if within normal limits it doesn't rule out dementia. Cognitive and memory changes can be happening long before physical changes show up on an mri. The more definitive findings are on clinical interviews -- with specialized neuropsychological testing may be helpful also. ...Read more
Is there any type of parasite that causes a nutrient deficiency, some type of anemia or vascular dementia?
Yes: There is a parasitic worm that lives inside pike and carp, and will lodge in the G.I. Tract and block absorption of vit b-12 causing anemia, and cognitive problems like a dementia. It is not like a stroke and is reversible if the vitamin b-12 is replaced, and the worm is dispatched. ...Read more
Can depression cause severe illnesses such as Schizophrenia, dementia, epilepsy, insomnia, or any types of long term or short term heart problems?
Hi, Thank you for your question.
Depression can be a part of the other problems you suggested but it won't directly cause anything else (maybe insomnia). Depression on its own won't cause heart problems.
Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...Read more
On different types of antidepressants n tranquillisers for 8 years. Will these drugs cause brain damage, dementia or alzheimer's when taken long term?
No: Even when taken for many years, these medications do not usually cause brain damate or alzheimer's disease. If you continue to be concerned, speak with you prescribing doctor. ...Read more
83 yr old lady. Vascular dementia. Type 2 diabetes. Developed swollen big toe, red. Doc diagnosis: gout. Last 48 hrs turned to dark blue. Why? Help!
Many factors: Such as inherited predisposition as in Alzheimer's Dementia, Vascular Dementia is caused by hardening of the arteries with decreased blood flow to the brain causing microvascular changes as in strokes, repeated blows to the brain as in those incurred in sports, boxing, football. Accidents causing concussions or traumatic brain injuries like explosions in war. Diseases like Parkinson's Disease ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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