Diseases

Dementia

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With dementia It refers to a persistent or progressive impairment of memory, thinking or other brain functions. The cause can be different. Thus, there are various forms of dementia such as Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia. Read more here: What is dementia (definition)? Which forms are there? How do you recognize dementia? How is she diagnosed and treated?

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. F03F02F01G31F00G30ArtikelübersichtDemenz

  • What is dementia?
  • symptoms
  • Difference: Alzheimer's & dementia
  • Causes and risk factors
  • Examinations and diagnosis
  • treatment
  • Disease course and prognosis
  • prevention

Dementia: short overview

  • Important dementia forms: Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia
  • symptoms: In all forms of dementia mental performance is lost in the long term. Other symptoms and the exact course vary depending on the dementia form.
  • Affected: Mainly people over 65 years. Most dementia patients are women because on average they are older than men.
  • Causes: Primary dementias (like Alzheimer's disease) are independent diseases in which neurons gradually die off in the brain - the exact reason for this is unknown. Secondary dementias are the result of other illnesses (such as alcohol addiction, depression) or medications.
  • Treatment: Medicines, non-pharmacological measures (such as occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, music therapy, etc.)
  • Is dementia curable? Primary dementia is not curable. However, the right treatment can delay the course. Secondary dementia can sometimes be cured if the cause is identified early and treated.
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What is dementia?

The term dementia does not refer to a particular illness, but the common occurrence of certain symptoms ("syndrome"), which can have a variety of causes. Overall, the term includes more than 50 disease forms (such as Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia).

Allen dementia forms together is the persistent or progressive impairment of memory, thinking and / or other brain functions, Often, other symptoms (such as interpersonal behavior) are added.

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