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Can single strokes cause progressive dementia?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Marvit
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Depends on location size type and cause.

In brief: Sometimes

Depends on location size type and cause.
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A large enough single stroke can cause dementia.
The underlying disease that caused the stroke can lead to further deficits and progressive dementia.

In brief: Yes

A large enough single stroke can cause dementia.
The underlying disease that caused the stroke can lead to further deficits and progressive dementia.
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. James Ortman
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

A single stroke might cause behavior changes or memory problems like dementia, but the changes would not be progressive.
The confusing factor is that there is often associated "small vessel disease: this means prior tiny strokes involving the central part of the brain that may have been clinically silent. This picture can be associated with a progressive dementia.

In brief: No

A single stroke might cause behavior changes or memory problems like dementia, but the changes would not be progressive.
The confusing factor is that there is often associated "small vessel disease: this means prior tiny strokes involving the central part of the brain that may have been clinically silent. This picture can be associated with a progressive dementia.
Dr. James Ortman
Dr. James Ortman
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: A single stroke

Is not likely to cause a progressive dementia, but a series of single strokes can.

In brief: A single stroke

Is not likely to cause a progressive dementia, but a series of single strokes can.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Stroke

Depends on site, extent and cause, and type of treatment provided.

In brief: Stroke

Depends on site, extent and cause, and type of treatment provided.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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