By Sonja M. Lillrank
Dementias are mind problems that impair reminiscence, considering, and behaviour, and Alzheimer's sickness (AD) is the commonest shape, affecting 50 to 60 percentage of dementia sufferers. "Alzheimer's disorder and different Dementias" presents worthwhile explanation of this staff of illnesses and their particular forms. Readers will easy methods to realize the indicators of dementia or Alzheimer's ailment, how those issues are clinically determined, the most recent theories approximately their reason, and the way they are often handled. The booklet additionally directs consciousness to present examine at the topic, the outlook for destiny prevention and remedy, and assets delivering additional info.
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Blood tests can also detect infectious diseases like HIV and syphilis, which can cause dementia-like symptoms. Deficiency of some vitamins, especially the group B vitamins, can cause cognitive dysfunctions. Other blood tests may be indicated based on the patient’s family and medical history. Often a brain scan like computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is performed to rule out strokes, tumors, or normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). In NPH, increased pressure in the brain and enlargement of the fluid-filled cavities in the brain cause specific dementia-like symptoms.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, to be able to diagnose dementia, the patient must have deficits in memory and at least one of four cognitive disturbances. These four cognitive problems are called aphasia, apraxia, agnosia, and impaired executive functioning. These cognitive problems reflect damage to the cortex of the brain, which processes information from other parts of the brain as well as from various parts of the body and peripheral nervous system. Finally, the patient’s problems must interfere with social and occupational functioning to qualify as dementia.
APRAXIA Apraxia means that even though all muscles and joints are intact, the person is unable to perform physical tasks. Because of damage to specific areas of the brain, the patient’s brain cannot appropriately process the spoken information and transform it into action. For example, a person might not be able to comb his or her hair, salute, wave good-bye, or brush the teeth when asked to mimic this behavior. AGNOSIA In agnosia, patients are unable to recognize or identify objects through touch even though their sensory functions are intact.
Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias (Psychological Disorders) by Sonja M. Lillrank