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Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory , mci -- what causes do they have in common?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Memory deficits

There is a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine which is deficient with aging, and that causes deficits in cognitive functions.

In brief: Memory deficits

There is a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine which is deficient with aging, and that causes deficits in cognitive functions.
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Dr. Eric Weisman
MCI implies >1.5 standard deviation below expected values on neurocognitive testing. it may involve one or more cognitive domains. Dementia suggests greater than 2.5 standard deviations. Most memory disorders do not involve a deficiency in the neurotransmitter acetylcholine but rather a loss of neuronal connectivity or viability.
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not known

Alzheimer's disease is only one cause of dementia and there are other causes of memory problem. Some are reversible (e.
g., vitamin B12 deficiency) so it is important to exclude them by medical examination. Mci may be a mild form of alzheimer's disease.

In brief: Not known

Alzheimer's disease is only one cause of dementia and there are other causes of memory problem. Some are reversible (e.
g., vitamin B12 deficiency) so it is important to exclude them by medical examination. Mci may be a mild form of alzheimer's disease.
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Dr. Eric Weisman
MCI can also be due to B12 deficiency (any cause) (1.5 standard deviations on neuropsych testing in one or multiple cognitive domains)
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