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What are cortical dementias?

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Cortical dementias happen because of problems in the cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain. They play a key role in memory and language. People with these types of dementia usually have severe memory loss and can't remember words or understand language. Alzheimer's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease are two forms of cortical dementia.

From: What Is Dementia? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 9, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 12/9/2017

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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Dementia: Hope Through Research."

American Psychiatric Association: "Seniors."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Dementia Information Page."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Dementia (including Alzheimer disease) (Beyond the Basics)."

National Institutes of Health: "HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders."

Alzheimers.net: "What are the 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease?"

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: "Clinical Stages of Alzheimer's."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 9, 2017

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Dementia: Hope Through Research."

American Psychiatric Association: "Seniors."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Dementia Information Page."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Dementia (including Alzheimer disease) (Beyond the Basics)."

National Institutes of Health: "HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders."

Alzheimers.net: "What are the 7 Stages of Alzheimer's Disease?"

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: "Clinical Stages of Alzheimer's."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 9, 2017

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