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How do I know if it is vascular dementia or something else?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Can be hard to know

If dementia occurs in the context of cerebrovascular disease (strokes, tias), especially if the deficits correlate with known anatomical lesions, it is presumed vascular. Neuropsych testing may add evidence (or not).
Vascular dementia also tends to progress in discrete steps, rather than continuously. There are many causes of dementia; some can be hard to diagnose in the living patient.

In brief: Can be hard to know

If dementia occurs in the context of cerebrovascular disease (strokes, tias), especially if the deficits correlate with known anatomical lesions, it is presumed vascular. Neuropsych testing may add evidence (or not).
Vascular dementia also tends to progress in discrete steps, rather than continuously. There are many causes of dementia; some can be hard to diagnose in the living patient.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
5 doctors agree

In brief: May need expert

For a specific diagnosis, it is best to see someone experienced with that type of illness.
A geriatric psychiatrist or a neurologist experienced with dementia may be the best person or you can check with the person's primary care provider.

In brief: May need expert

For a specific diagnosis, it is best to see someone experienced with that type of illness.
A geriatric psychiatrist or a neurologist experienced with dementia may be the best person or you can check with the person's primary care provider.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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