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Dementia gets more common with age. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form. Among other causes are Lewy Body Dementia, vascular dementia, dementia related to Parkinson's Disease, frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), and dementias caused by other medical conditions (thyroid disease, drug toxicity, thiamine deficiency with alcoholism, and others) as well as brain injury, strokes, multiple sclerosis, infection of the brain (such as meningitis and syphilis), HIV infection, fluid build-up in the brain (hydrocephalus), Pick's disease, and brain tumors.

From: Dementia WebMD Medical Reference

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FamilyDoctor.org: "Dementia."

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

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Dementia."

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

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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