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My grandmas been dead a couple yrs now from dementia but if she had fatal insomnia, it would've been diagnosed right?

My grandmas been dead a couple yrs now from dementia but if she had fatal insomnia, it would've been diagnosed right?

Fam. Fatal Insomnia: Familial fatal insomnia would not have been missed. It is extremely rare. Average age of onset is 50 years old. Life expectancy is 7-36 months. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is 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 thought, memory, and language. Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia are some ...Read more


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In excruciating pain haven't slept all for 7mos had early menopause, brain/body burning and dementia how is 1 diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

In excruciating pain haven't slept all for 7mos had early menopause, brain/body burning and dementia how is 1 diagnosed with sporadic fatal insomnia?

SFI: Sporadic fatal insomnia is a rare prion disease related to familial fatal insomnia. It involves a characteristic change in sleep pattern, autonomic hyperactivation, and motor abnormalities. Polysomnography (sleep study), genetic analysis, and a pet scan may aid in diagnosis. If you are concerned, you should see a neurologist who specializes in degenerative disorders. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How is dementia diagnosed?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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