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Avi Medical helps you with dementia

The clinical picture of dementia refers to an incurable, degenerative memory disorder that is prevalent in Germany affects a million people and has a wide variety of forms. Its most common representative:Alzheimer's dementia. 

However, although the diseaseis irreversible, comprehensive therapy can slow down its progression and alleviate its symptoms. Our experienced doctors will accompany you at all of our locations.

What is dementia?

Dementia refers to not a diagnosis, but a symptom complex that occurs in various forms of the disease. What they all have in common is the objectively measurable, slowly progressive loss of skills that have already been learned. That means: the disruption of the cognitive Apparatus(the memory) without simultaneous clouding of consciousness(such as delirium or drowsiness). Its origin can lie in a variety of underlying diseases.

At what point does it become dementia?

For certain diagnosis of the dementia symptom complex, those potentially affected must:

  • existing symptoms have existed for at least six months
  • Disorders of higher cognitive abilities can be proven in the laboratory  
  • Disorders of consciousness (such as delirium) can be excluded 
  • the sensory organs as far as possible work normally 

What are the triggers of dementia?

The clinical picture Dementia is basically divided into two groups: The primary and secondary dementia syndromes. 

The primary Dementia is caused by a slowly progressive decrease in brain mass. The most well-known forms include:

  • Alzheimer's dementia (protein deposits in the brain)
    < li id="">Frontotemporal dementia (decrease particularly in the area of ​​the frontal and temporal lobes)
  • Dementia in Parkinson's disease
  • Lewy body Dementia (deposits of so-called Lewy bodies)
  • Vascular dementia (due to changes in the cerebral vessels, usually due to high blood pressure)

The trigger for secondary dementia syndrome, on the other hand, is brain damage. Caused by: 

  • lack of oxygen
  • trauma such as bleeding
  • Liver damage
  • Poisoning of any kind (alcohol, medication)
  • Mineral disorders (e.g. too much or little sodium in the blood)
  • Chronic vitamin deficiency (B vitamins)
  • Inflammation (e.g. in HIV, syphilis, Lyme disease)

What are possible symptoms of dementia?

The typical side effects of the dementia symptom complex include:

  • a deterioration in memory and associated restrictions in daily life. These include, for example, problems finding paths or operating devices.
  • Disturbances of concentration and orientation (in time, place and later in relation to oneself). For example, those affected forget where they are and, as the illness progresses, personal characteristics such as their own name or birthday

Treatment of dementia at Avi Medical

The first step in the comprehensive treatment of dementia is diagnosis. For us at Avi Medical, this includes:

  • ruling out a temporary memory problem (by taking an anamnesis and physical examinations)
  • Neurological examinations including memory test 
  • Blood test for vitamin deficiencies or inflammation 
  • if necessary, cerebrospinal fluid examination (cerebrospinal fluid puncture)
  • CT of the head (by a specialist)

The targeted therapy follows dementia, which is intended to slow down its progressive course and alleviate the symptoms. This includes:

  • special training. Here, those affected and their relatives receive help and tips on preserving memory as well as guidelines on behavior in everyday situations influenced by illness
  • non-drug therapies (occupational therapy, exercise therapy)
  • Medication options to combat cognitive decline (anti-dementia drugs) and accompanying symptoms (such as antidepressants for depression)