Dementia

Dementia manifests as a set of related symptoms, which usually surface when the brain is damaged by injury or disease. The symptoms involve progressive impairments to memory, thinking, and... Wikipedia

  • Specialty:  Neurology, psychiatry
  • Symptoms:  Decreased ability to think and remember, emotional problems, problems with language, decreased motivation
  • Usual onset:  Gradual
  • Duration:  Long term
  • Causes:  Alzheimer's disease, vascular disease, Lewy body disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration.
  • Diagnostic method:  Cognitive testing (Mini-Mental State Examination)
  • Differential diagnosis:  Delirium Hypothyroidism
  • Prevention:  Early education, prevent high blood pressure, prevent obesity, no smoking, social engagement
  • Medication:  Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (small benefit)
  • Treatment:  Supportive care
  • Frequency:  50 million (2020)
  • Deaths:  2.4 million (2016)
  • Data source:  DuckDuckGo
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