Parkinsonian Dementia

Diagnosis & Treatment

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Cognitive impairment is a common feature of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Corticobasal Syndrome (CBS) and Huntington’s disease (HD).

Symptoms

People with PD dementia (PDD) may experience changes in memory, concentration and judgment; trouble interpreting visual information; visual hallucinations; delusions, especially paranoid ideas; depression, irritability and anxiety; and sleep disturbances, including excessive daytime drowsiness and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder. Memory problems can occur even at the early stage of PD greatly affecting the quality of life. Similar cognitive impairment occurs in atypical Parkinsonism such as PSP, MSA and CBS. HD also causes a decline in thinking and reasoning skills, including memory, concentration, judgment and ability to plan and organize.

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1 Consultation
Initial consultation with a specialist physician.
2 Assessment
Appointment with a neuropsychologist in the Neuropsychiatric Laboratory for computerized, detailed assessments of cognitive deficits and other neuropsychiatric issues associated with dementia.
3 Testing
Blood tests and imaging scans, outsourced to the highest quality and convenient centres in London.
4 Follow-up
When all results are available, a 2nd consultation with the doctor, where clinical diagnosis & follow-up strategy are discussed and explained.

Diagnosis

We use cutting-edge technology CANTAB to assess the severity of cognitive deficits in people with Parkinsonian dementia. This enables us to provide an early diagnosis of cognitive impairment and effectively manage it.

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Risk Assessment & Prevention

As with most medical conditions, the sooner you know what is happening, the better. Dementech Neurosciences offers a wide range of cutting-edge services, specifically designed for people with Parkinsonian Dementia, such as the Dementech Biomarker Tools and genetic counselling appointments. By using the latest advances in imaging and genetics, we are able to answer all your questions regarding the diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring progression and response to treatment.

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Treatment

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of Parkinsonian Dementia. We have in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms. Moreover, we offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to delay the progression of the disease. Caregivers may experience significant stresses and have a high level of burden; therefore we also offer caregiver support.

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Dr Lucio D’Anna
Consultant Neurologist

Dr Lucio D’Anna obtained his MD with Honours at the Medical School of the University of Udine, Italy and then he completed his Neurology training with Honours.

Dr Soumit Singhai
Geriatric & general internal medicine

Dr Singhai has been a Consultant Physician/Geriatrician since 2009, initially at the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust in London and then from 2016 he has been at the Lister Hospital in Hertfordshire.

Dr David Choluj
Lead Neurologist for MS

Dr David Choluj is a Consultant Neurologist with a further extensive experience in Stroke Medicine and Neurological Rehabilitation, based in London.

Prof. K. Ray Chaudhuri
Parkinson's Disease Expert

Professor K. Ray Chaudhuri is a world-renowned expert in Parkinson's disease. He is Professor of Neurology/Movement Disorders & Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital & King’s College London and also Principal Investigator at the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

Prof. Aarsland Dag
Geriatric Psychiatry

Dag Aarsland is Professor and Head of Department of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Consultant psychiatrist at the Mental Health for Older Adults, South London & Maudsley NHS Health Trust, where he leads the Parkinson Spectrum Memory Clinic.

Dr. Vinod Metta
Lead Interventional Neurologist

Dr Vinod Metta, consultant interventional neurologist & movement disorder specialist trained at Kings College Hospital London.

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