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How many thousand people in the UK are affected by dementia?



What percentage of over 65s and over 80s suffer from dementia?

over 65s - 5%
over 80s - 20%


In a typical district general hospital what percentage of patients have dementia?

over 20%


Abnormality in the frontal lobe leads to what 5 defects?

1) Impaired judgement
2) Impaired abstract reasoning and strategic planning
3) Impaired emotional restraint
4) Impaired control over appetite
5) Incontinence


Diseases of the parietal lobe give rise to what 2 things?

1) Impairment of visuospatial skills leading to apraxias
2) Impaired integration of sensory inputs leading to sensory agnosias


Diseases of the medial temporal lobe, hippocampus, amygdala and limbic system leads to what 2 features?

1) Disorders of memory
2) Hallucinations


Diseases of the temporal neocortex is associated with what 2 features?

1) Receptive dysphasia
2) Automatisms (performance of actions without concious thought)


Diseases of the occipital lobe leads typically to what?

Failure of the visual sensory systems


What 8 'treatable' conditions can cause dementia?

1) Depression
2) Iatrogenic (anticholinergics, sedatives, narcotics, H2 blockers, multiple meds)
3) Hypothyroidism
4) B12 deficiency
5) Neurosyhpilis
6) Normal pressure hydrocephalus
7) Subdural hematoma
8) Encephalitis


Give the 4 main types of neurodegenerative dementias?

1) Alzheimer's dementia
2) Lewy Body dementia
3) Frontotemporal dementia
4) Huntington's disease (and many others)


What are the other 2 main types of dementias which are not classed as neurodegenerative dementias?

1) Vascular dementia
2) Prion disease


Can vascular dementia be treated?

Treatment can slow down progression but cannot cure


What is the prognosis of prior disease?

Untreatable but with rapid progression


In addition to type how else can dementias be classified?

By site - ie anterior/posterior, cortical/subcortical


How do the symptoms of anterior dementia tend to differ from posterior dementia?

Anterior - behaviour changes - ie loss of inhibition, antisocial etc.
Posterior - disturbance of cognitive function (memory and language) without marked changes in behaviour


What is the common site of Alzheimer's disease?

Posterior cortical


Name 2 types of dementias which tend to be sub cortical?

1) Parkinson's disease
2) AIDS dementia complex


How do the symptoms of subcortical dementias tend to differ from cortical dementias?

Subcortical - apathetic, forgetful and slow, associated with other neurological signs and movement disorders
Cortical - Higher cortical abnormalities - dysphasia, agnosia, apraxia


Traditionally, which 3 neurodegenerative disorders were classified as dementias (as opposed to movement disorders)?

1) Alzheimer's disease
2) Frontotemproal dementia
3) Dementia with Lewy bodies


Traditionally which 4 neurodegenerative disorders were classified as movement disorders (Rather than dementias)?

1) Parkinson's disease
2) Parkinson plus syndromes (progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, corticobasal degeneration)
3) Huntington's disease
4) Motor neuron disease


What are the 3 current molecular-genetic classifications of neurodegenerative disorders?

1) Tauopathies
2) Synucleinopathies
3) Ubiquinopathies


Which molecular genetic classification does Alzheimer's disease fall into?



Which molecular genetic classification does Parkinson's disease and Dementia with Lewy bodies fall into?



What 2 types of dementia fall under the classification of ubiquinopathies?

1) MND and MND/Dementia
2) Semantic dementia
(Both subtypes of frontotemporal dementia)


Normal pressure hydrocephalus is a triad of which 3 symptoms occurring in conjunction with what?

1) Dementia
2) Gait disturbance
3) Urinary incontinence
Occurring in conjunction with hydrocephalus and normal CSF pressure


What are the 2 types of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)?

1) NPH with a preceding cause (SAH, meningitis, trauma, radiation induced)
2) NPH with no known preceding cause - idiopathic (50%)


Why is CJD described as a transmissable spongiform encephalopathy?

Under a microscope, the affected brain tissue looks like a sponge


How would an EEG appear in a person with CJD?

Triphasic waves - on repeat testing


What would be the 2 typical symptoms of someone with CJD?

1) Rapid cognitive decline
2) Myoclonic jerks (quick involuntary muscle jerks)


What would be the main feature of an MRI of a patient with sporadic CJD?

Non specific changes in the basal ganglia