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Reversible dementias

Some conditions can cause dementia or dementia-like symptoms.

With the right course of treatment, these types of dementia can be controlled and possibly cured. That’s why it is important to get a diagnosis as early as possible.

Common causes of reversible dementias:

  • Depression
  • Medication (side effects, drug interactions, drug overdose
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Dietary, vitamin and mineral deficiencies (A, C, B-12 and folate)
  • Traumas (due to falls, concussions or contusions to the head)
  • Hormonal dysfunction (thyroid problems)
  • Metabolic disorders (dehydration, kidney failure, COPD)
  • Infections
  • Heart disease
  • Brain disease (tumours)
  • Environmental toxins

Please see your doctor if you are concerned about memory loss or any other symptoms of these conditions.


Last Updated: 04/13/15
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