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What are some common causes of dementia in the elderly?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
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In brief: Alzheimers

70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease.
But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too.

In brief: Alzheimers

70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease.
But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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In brief: Senile/Alzheimer's

The majority of cases of dementia are caused by degenerative causes and by vascular causes: senile, alzheimer's, mulinfarct , atherosclerotic dementias.
Other causes include infections, inflammatory diseases, neoplasm, toxic insults, metabolic disorders, and trauma. An estimated 10% to 20% of dementias are caused by potentially reversible conditions: syphilis, thyroid disease, vitamin B12 deficit?

In brief: Senile/Alzheimer's

The majority of cases of dementia are caused by degenerative causes and by vascular causes: senile, alzheimer's, mulinfarct , atherosclerotic dementias.
Other causes include infections, inflammatory diseases, neoplasm, toxic insults, metabolic disorders, and trauma. An estimated 10% to 20% of dementias are caused by potentially reversible conditions: syphilis, thyroid disease, vitamin B12 deficit?
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: There are many types

70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease.
But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too.

In brief: There are many types

70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease.
But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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