24 doctors weighed in:
Can dementia be cured?
24 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kimberly Erway
Psychiatry
13 doctors agree
In brief: Unfortunately, no.
Dementia is a progressive disease.
Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure.

In brief: Unfortunately, no.
Dementia is a progressive disease.
Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure.
Dr. Kimberly Erway
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Dr. Thomas Heston
There are some types of dementia that possibly can be improved, such as alcoholic dementia or traumatic dementia if caught early enough (http://j.mp/UIqZht) however most dementia is irreversible. Medications can make it better in some cases, but also medication side-effects can make it worse.
Dr. Mitchell Butin
Most people think of dementia as loss of cognitive function (memory, calculation, loss of words, etc) However, dementia often causes changes in mood/behavior and psychotic symptoms, such as delusions (false beliefs) or hallucinations (hearing/seeing things that are not there). But there ARE effective treatments for the anxiety, depression, paranoia, hallucinations even if dementia can't be cured
8 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
For a true dementia, no.
But some medical problem can present with dementia-like symptoms and then these go away when the underlying medical problem is cured. See a physician for an evaluation.

In brief: Maybe
For a true dementia, no.
But some medical problem can present with dementia-like symptoms and then these go away when the underlying medical problem is cured. See a physician for an evaluation.
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher
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4 doctors agree
In brief: No, BUT Rx available
For dementia: Namenda (decreases excess glutamate, which causes exitotocxcity).
Use with Exelon (rivastigmine) or Aricept (increase acetycholine, a key neurotransmitter for memory & orientation/interactivity/executive function. For psychosis: seroquel or clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. For mood: Effexor (snri) or Lexapro (ssri) + wellbutrin (ndri). Cane/walker to avoid falls/injury & health decline.

In brief: No, BUT Rx available
For dementia: Namenda (decreases excess glutamate, which causes exitotocxcity).
Use with Exelon (rivastigmine) or Aricept (increase acetycholine, a key neurotransmitter for memory & orientation/interactivity/executive function. For psychosis: seroquel or clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. For mood: Effexor (snri) or Lexapro (ssri) + wellbutrin (ndri). Cane/walker to avoid falls/injury & health decline.
Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: No, but...
When the dementia is caused by excessive CSF fluid ( hydrocephalia) a surgical shunt may drain the fluid and improve symptoms if there are no advanced damage from it.
Treatment for atherosclerosis and prevention of embolism and teeating hypertension may reduce changes of multiinfarct dementia. Medicines used early for alzheimer's may improve or delay worsening of the condition but not cure it.

In brief: No, but...
When the dementia is caused by excessive CSF fluid ( hydrocephalia) a surgical shunt may drain the fluid and improve symptoms if there are no advanced damage from it.
Treatment for atherosclerosis and prevention of embolism and teeating hypertension may reduce changes of multiinfarct dementia. Medicines used early for alzheimer's may improve or delay worsening of the condition but not cure it.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
No good cures, but several treatments can improve it and slow down its progression.
Take a look at http://goo.Gl/fce1c for more information.

In brief: Not really
No good cures, but several treatments can improve it and slow down its progression.
Take a look at http://goo.Gl/fce1c for more information.
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Alan Steinberg
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
There are many causes of dementia, and some of them are reversible, partially or completely; therefore if given the diagnosis of dementia, it is vital to ensure that a full work up has been done to rule out any reversible causes!

In brief: Depends
There are many causes of dementia, and some of them are reversible, partially or completely; therefore if given the diagnosis of dementia, it is vital to ensure that a full work up has been done to rule out any reversible causes!
Dr. Alan Steinberg
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Dr. Jeff Seaman
Textbooks say reversible but in all practicality, this is not seen outside of removing inappropriate over-use of benzo's and anti-cholinergics. I have yet to see a case of NPH or B12-def with dementia return to baseline with treatment. Improved but not cured.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
Depends on the cause; usually not curable but in some cases yes, see: http://goo.
Gl/fce1c.

In brief: Depends
Depends on the cause; usually not curable but in some cases yes, see: http://goo.
Gl/fce1c.
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