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Doctor insights on: Young Onset Dementia

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Dr. Steven Reidbord Dr. Reidbord
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Do people with downs get dementia young? How can you tell?

Do people with downs get dementia young? How can you tell?

Yes, see below: People with down's syndrome (trisomy 21) have genetically impaired intellectual function, i.e., low iq, and are also at greater risk to develop alzheimers type dementia, including at younger ages than others. Dementia is not the same as low iq, it's primarily a memory problem. Worsening memory in an adult with trisomy 21 can be evaluated with psychological testing. ...Read more

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


Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Could a young adult have dementia caused from untreated hypothyroidism?

Could a young adult have dementia caused from untreated hypothyroidism?

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

Dr. Eddie Nakhuda Dr. Nakhuda
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
50 years in practice
Institute of Medicine (I) Rangoon
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Why does pneumonia cause dementia like symptoms in geriatric patients, but not in younger ones?

Why does pneumonia cause dementia like symptoms in geriatric patients, but not in younger ones?

Aka delirium: Many acute illness may cause transient confusion & agitation i n the elderly especially post op also-most likely due to metabolic factors. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry Dr. Berry
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I do psychology and when I tested a number of young people using the MOCA cognitive assessment they failed? Do they have dementia?

I do psychology and when I tested a number of young people using the MOCA cognitive assessment they failed? Do they have dementia?

Neuropsychologist : Dementia is a very serious diagnosis and should NOT be based on the findings of one single test. The MOCA has only been validated for mild cognitive impairment, not full dementia. The patient needs a full evaluation administered by a neuropsychologist who specializes in geriatric issues. A comprehensive battery of tests will be administered to indicate a much more comprehensive clinical picture. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Raju Indukuri Dr. Indukuri
Psychiatry
41 years in practice
Andhra University, Rangaraya Medical College AKA University of Health Sciences Vijayawada
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Dr. Patricia Foster Dr. Foster
Psychiatry
40 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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I told someone yesterday I would get them surprise. Today I totally forgot about getting and giving gift. Reminded by person. Early onset dementia?

I told someone yesterday I would get them surprise. Today I totally forgot about getting and giving gift. Reminded by person. Early onset dementia?

Unlikely: Stress, overload, sleep deprivation, anxiety are a few of many reasons we may "normally" forget something that causes worry or embarrassment. Ask a trusted friend or family member if they think you're more forgetful. If memory problems persist to the point of disrupting your work, relationships or overall functioning or you'd like more reassurance, see your pcp for an evaluation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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What exactly is an inflammatory stroke? Neuro said LP can tell us if that's the cause of sudden onset dementia

What exactly is an inflammatory stroke? Neuro said LP can tell us if that's the cause of sudden onset dementia

Stroke: Encephalitis or brain inflammation causes various neurological signs and symptoms and abnormal lp fluid including dementia, but I'm not familiar with the term inflammatory stroke. Strictly speaking there are 3 types of stroke-hemorrhagic, embolic and ischemic. ...Read more

Dr. Eliezer Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Clinical Psychology
39 years in practice
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Can nuvigil mitigate symptoms of early onset dementia? Is there a more effective drug to help combat the cognitive symptoms?

Can nuvigil mitigate symptoms of early onset dementia?  Is there a more effective drug to help combat the cognitive symptoms?

Ask your neurologist: It is my understanding that Nuvigil is a drug promoting wakefulness and is used for such conditions as sleep disorders or fatigue disorders. There are other drugs, such as aricept, Exelon (rivastigmine) , razadyne or Namenda which are used for early stages of dementia. This drugs help to slow down the trajectory of cognitive decline. Your neurologist will be the one to tell you which drug is best for you. ...Read more

Dr. Bradley Stockmann Dr. Stockmann
Radiology
13 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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What are the symptoms of early onset dementia? What is the progression of the disease? Can it cause apathy and short term memory issues? Unreality?

What are the symptoms of early onset dementia? What is the progression of the disease? Can it cause apathy and short term memory issues? Unreality?

Early onset dementia: Early signs of dementia include forgetting recently learned information, changes in the ability to solve problems and work with numbers, trouble finishing tasks, trouble with spatial relationships, misplacing things, becoming withdrawn, changes in personality, and poor judgement. Dementia can cause apathy and short term memory issues. The progression depends on the cause of the dementia. ...Read more

Dr. Matthew Kozminski Dr. Kozminski
Neurology
12 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can a fall which was a serious hit on the forehead cause early onset of dementia. I was 62 when i fell and am now 65. I now have major confusion an.

Can a fall which was a serious hit on the forehead cause early onset of dementia.  I was 62 when i fell and am now 65.  I now have major confusion an.

Depends?: Post-concussive symptoms sometimes linger, but your problems may not be related to the head injury. If there is any family history of dementia, you may want to have a good work up. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash Dr. Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
20 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Family tragedy. 2 sisters broke hips around 90. Both developed rapid-onset dementia within 6mo. Was it genetic or trauma or age-related?

Hard to say: If they had surgery then that may be more of a factor then the fracture. Alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of dementia and in it conversational speech is preserved long into the illness so there may have been subtle signs before the fractures. If either one developed delirium that would also worsen cognition. For your risk, ask your primary care provider. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Pyles Dr. Pyles
Addiction Medicine
29 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Diagnosed with early onset dementia at 36, what is life expectancy like? Any promising treatment to be ready in the next 5 years to delay?

Talk to your doctor : I recommend evaluation and treatment by a doctor who specializes in dementia. If you were my patient or family member, I would want a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis. Also, I would have to know the underlying cause of the dementia. There are many causes: Alzheimers, Vascular, mixed, alcohol, Lewy Body, Pick's, etc. The type and cause determines treatment and prognosis. My best wishes to u! ...Read more

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi Dr. Lotfi
Neurology
54 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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Is long or short term memory loss a sign of the onset of dementia or alzheimer?

Can be: Classically loss of memory for recent events is the early sign, however one has to be careful to exclude normal forgetfulness . In advance alzheimer all types of memory are lost! ...Read more

Dr. Bert Liang Dr. Liang
Neurology
years in practice
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Can a progressive case of dementia be determined by a spinal tap, blood testing, or an MRI during very early onset or at all?

Can a progressive case of dementia be determined by a spinal tap, blood testing, or an MRI during very early onset or at all?

Assessment: There should be an extensive workup for patients who exhibit signs of dementia, which includes a number of different diagnostic tests, which may include a lumbar puncture, blood tests and imaging. A neurologist would be appropriate to consult if this is a question. ...Read more

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Dr. Krishna Kumar Dr. Kumar
Psychiatry
51 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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My wife exhibits signs of possible early onset dementia (confusion, agitation, unsteady balanve, slurred speech). How can we get an accurate diagnosis?

My wife exhibits signs of possible early onset dementia (confusion, agitation, unsteady balanve, slurred speech).  How can we get an accurate diagnosis?

Neurological Disorde: I understand your concern for your wife! unsteady balance and slurred speech generally are not due to early onset dementia . Alcohol use can cause unsteady balance and slurred speech . Please see a neurologist for the diagnosis and treatment of your wife's condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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I discovered that I have choroid plexus cysts at 33 yrs old. What the likely hood early onset of dementia, parkinson's, or any neurological disorder?

I discovered that I have choroid plexus cysts at 33 yrs old.  What the likely hood early onset of dementia, parkinson's, or any neurological disorder?

If no obstruction: None. As long as productions of CSF is normal and there is no CSF obstruction you should do fine. Some people will require a shunt at some point. ...Read more

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Dr. Frank Lane Dr. Lane
Psychiatry
35 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Brain mri-white spots/migraines. Told this is abnormal for 39 y/o. Dad & grandma-early onset dementia (50s). Do white spots = dementia in my future?

Brain mri-white spots/migraines. Told this is abnormal for 39 y/o. Dad & grandma-early onset dementia (50s). Do white spots = dementia in my future?

...hold on cowgirl!!: I've seen lots of scanned images with "white spots" that turned out to be artifact rather than tissue pathology...Similar to having a dirty lens on your microscope! there are some genetic markers for certain types of dementias that would be much more useful to you...And all it takes is a swab of the buccal mucosa inside your mouth, and, of course, a little money! seek more opinions on "white dots". ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan Dr. Callaghan
Addiction Medicine
49 years in practice
University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
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What causes dementia?

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