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occurs in the elderly but it can also affect young adults though
rarely. If the condition starts before the age of 65 it is called
presenile dementia. The senile type, on the other hand, occurs
Depending on its cause, dementia may either be primary or secondary.
Primary dementia is found in about 80 to 90 percent of cases and
is caused by pathological changes in the brain cells or cerebral
vessels. While these changes are also apparent in secondary dementia,
these are the result of other diseases. This is true in 10 to
20 percent of cases.
Secondary dementia usually follows diseases alike brain tumors
or multiple head injuries that can lead to subdural hematoma (the
accumulation of blood in the skull). Not a few boxers have died
because of this. An unrecognized infection can also cause secondary
dementia. Formerly, the culprit here was syphilis but now all
eyes are on Lyme disease - a frequent cause of dementia.
Diabetes and an underactive thyroid are other possible causes
of secondary dementia. So are nutritional, deficiencies, particularly
those involving vitamin B12 and folic acid. Heavy metal poisoning,
excessive alcohol intake and an overdose of sleeping pills, tranqui1izers,
and narcotics can also affect brain function and eventually result
in secondary dementia.
Sometimes the problem may be brought about by loneliness or depression.
But this is properly labeled 'pseudodementia' since there is no
underlying cerebral deterioration. It may, however, lead others
to think that the patient has the real thing. Thus, the doctor
should take the pain of ruling out any underlying disorder to
make an accurate diagnosis of dementia.
'Before you conclude that an older relative or friend who\'s behaving
\'strangely\' has irreversible dementia, ask the doctor whether
other disorders have been considered and excluded,' said Dr. Isadore
Rosenfeld of the New York Hospital Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center in The Best Treatment.
If your relative has any of the above conditions, don\'t panic.
They are reversible and respond well to treatment. The irreversible
forms of dementia fall under the primary type. The most common
forms of primary dementia include Alzheimer\'s disease and multi-infarct
Alzheimer\'s disease is named after the German neurologist Alois
Alzheimer who first described the condition in November 1906.
But the disease was known as long as 140 years ago and descriptions
of it were made as early as 1838.
Alzheimer\'s patient was a 51-year-old woman who was jealous of
her husband, didn\'t trust her doctor, and believed that people
were out to murder her.
'On admission, she was helpless, disoriented, could not understand
anything, was confused and lost. She seemed to have auditory hallucinations,
and would scream for hours on end. She had perception disorders,
forgetting the names of common objects. Reading, writing, and
conversation were impaired: often she would stop talking completely.
However she still walked normally and had full use of her hands,
and had normally reacting pupils, Any focal symptoms were mild
and transient.' according to Dr. Siegfried Kanowski of Freie University
in Berlin who talked about Alzheimer\'s first case at the 9th
International Bayer Pharma Press Seminar in Vienna.
'Mental regression advanced steadily and she died four and a half
years after she was first seen. At the end, she was completely
apathetic, confined to bed in a fetal position and incontinent.'
This wasn\'t the last time doctors heard about this mysterious
disorder. Over four million Americans have Alzheimer\'s disease
which is the most common cause of dementia in western countries.
Although the disease may begin as early as age 4O, it usually
strikes the aged with devastating results.
'The disease occurs in approximately 4 percent of persons 65 to
74 years old, 10 percent of those 75 to 84 years, and 17 percent
of those 85 years or older. Alzheimer\'s disease is extremely
rare in young people and is uncommon in middle age,' said Dr.
David E. Larson, editor-in-chief of the Mayo Clinic Family Health
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