Dementia doesn't fit in a specific disease category. It is actually a condition characterized by progressive cognitive decline and includes many variations. Unfortunately, there isn't a primary test to completely determine if an individual does in fact suffer from dementia.
At the Neuroscience Institute, our physicians work to carefully diagnose the type of dementia a patient has. Through comprehensive analysis of the patient's medical history, laboratory tests and results, changes in day-to-day thinking, and overall function and behavior they are able to make a full and accurate diagnosis and plan for treatment. Our neurologists can determine that a person has dementia, however, diagnosing the exact type can prove to be difficult because symptoms and brain changes of various dementias can overlap.
Types of Dementia
There are various types of dementia. A few of those types include:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Amnestic mild cognitive impairment
- Frontotemporal dementia
- Vascular dementia (most common)
- Normal pressure hydrocephalus