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Can dementia cause hallucinations or visual disturbances?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not exactly

Hallucinations or visual disturbances aren't symptoms of dementia, per se.
However, patients with dementia may experience hallucinations or delusions if a delirium or other cause of these symptoms is superimposed on the dementia. Delirium develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate throughout the day. Patients with delirium often respond well to treatment.

In brief: Not exactly

Hallucinations or visual disturbances aren't symptoms of dementia, per se.
However, patients with dementia may experience hallucinations or delusions if a delirium or other cause of these symptoms is superimposed on the dementia. Delirium develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate throughout the day. Patients with delirium often respond well to treatment.
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Dr. Lawrence Smith
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: It can happen

The most common type of dementia is alzheimer's -- patients in later stages can have auditory/visual hallucinations.
These may predict a more rapid decline of cognitive function. In lewy-body dementia (2nd most common type), 80% of patients have visual hallucinations. Patients with new onset of hallucinations need urgent medical evaluation to find and treat reversible causes of delirium.

In brief: It can happen

The most common type of dementia is alzheimer's -- patients in later stages can have auditory/visual hallucinations.
These may predict a more rapid decline of cognitive function. In lewy-body dementia (2nd most common type), 80% of patients have visual hallucinations. Patients with new onset of hallucinations need urgent medical evaluation to find and treat reversible causes of delirium.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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