What is meant by a reversible dementia?
Dementia in treatable conditions can be reversed, such that the brain regains functions that were previously lost.
Common causes of reversible dementias include:
- Chronic alcoholism, with dementia developing as a result from complications with liver disease or with nutritional deficiencies.
- Brain infections that cause inflammation and damage cells. Infections, such as meningitis and encephalitis, can be primary causes of dementia.
- Damage of brain cells from traumatic head injury.
- Hormone disorders in the thyroid gland, adrenal gland or pituitary gland.
- Hypoxia, or poor oxygenation in the blood.
- Some drugs can cause temporary memory loss and as can misuse of prescription drugs over time.
- Certain vitamin deficiencies, such as B vitamins.
- Normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid collects outside the brain.
- A brain tumor can produce dementia in a number of ways by pressing on structures within the brain.
- Exposure to solvents or heavy metal dusts and fumes without protective gear.
Those with these conditions should consult their physician to determine the proper treatment to reverse dementia symptoms.
Questions about Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder? Contact Dana Territo, the Memory Whisperer, Director of Services at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, (225) 334-7494, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the organization at 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge.