Other Dementia Causes: Symptoms, Assessment & Diagnosis

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of Dementia. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms.

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of Dementia. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms.

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of Dementia. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms.

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Other Dementia Causes

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Several other conditions can cause or mimic the symptoms of dementia, and a small percentage of dementias are reversible.

Two common examples are dementia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency or thyroid dysfunction. Dementia could be a symptom of pernicious anaemia.

Same Day Diagnosis

At Dementech Neurosciences, we endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible. You no longer have to wait to be seen by an expert and can be seen alongside your journey with the NHS, With your consent, we can also share the full consultation report with your GP.

Same Day Tests, Assessments

Getting the right diagnosis is important so that you know what options you have because symptoms subside when the underlying problem is treated.

At Dementech Neurosciences, our team of doctors can provide a rapid and accurate diagnosis of these reversible forms of dementia.

FREE 15-minute Initial Consultation

Schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisory. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition where the Patient Advisor will suggest the most appropriate route to suits your specific needs.

Video Consultations Available

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Symptoms

In older people, the first symptoms of pernicious anaemia are often confusion, slowness, irritability, and apathy. An overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism), as well as an underproduction (hypothyroidism), can cause dementia-like symptoms.

The Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is an irreversible state of confusion and amnesia in alcoholics, resulting from thiamine deficiency due to long-term malnutrition. But consuming excessive amounts of alcohol for a decade or more can also cause impaired thinking that resembles Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

In dementia due to alcoholism, memory, orientation, and attention deteriorate, although verbal skills are not always severely affected. In this type of dementia, abstinence may partly restore mental functioning. Normo-pressure hydrocephalus (“water on the brain”) is an excess of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain, which can also cause dementia.

This condition can result from head trauma, brain haemorrhage, or meningitis (inflammation of the membrane covering the brain), but most cases occur spontaneously without an obvious preceding illness.

In addition to developing dementia, people with this condition lose bladder control and walk in a slow, hesitant manner, as if their feet are stuck to the floor. Brain tumours can interfere with cognitive functioning and cause personality changes.

Depending on their location, they can trigger other symptoms, such as headaches, seizures, or vomiting. Hematomas are blood clots caused by bruising. When they are located in the subdural area, between the brain surface and the thin membrane that covers it, they can cause symptoms that mimic AD.

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Initial Assessment & Diagnostic Testing

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.

Hear From Our Happy Patients

Have had nothing but kindness and professionalism from Dementech and all their staff. From their initial guidance by Shakeela, through to staff conducting the MRI tests and Dr. Lucio D'Anna for his expertise clarity of explanation, compassion and consideration. Special mention to Zobia, who saved the day with her quick thinking that helped my mother-in-law to obtain extended care. Overall a perfect experience. Cannot recommend them enough.N Mohamed
My family and I experienced one of the hardest times of our lives having to deal with my wife’s deteriorating condition. I would like to personally thank the lovely young lady Zobiaa from Dementech, for showering us with compassion, empathy and genuine care and concern. Her professionalism, high-level customer service and communication, eye for detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and make not only my wife, but our whole family, feel as comfortable and supported as possible, is something we will always be grateful for. Thank you so much for your friendly and polite presence Zobiaa and taking the time and effort to build a relationship with us. You really made our visits to the clinic a positive, 5 star experience.P Allen
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Diagnosis

Getting the right diagnosis is important so that you know what options you have because symptoms subside when the underlying problem is treated.

At Dementech Neurosciences, our team of doctors can provide a rapid and accurate diagnosis of these reversible forms of dementia.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC. DO YOU HAVE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO THE MRI SCAN?

Yes we do. We offer an Upright MRI and an Open MRI

WILL I GET A COPY OF MY TEST RESULTS?

Yes, you will get a copy of your results as well as a CD of the MRI scan on request

HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

CAN YOU ARRANGE TESTS?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION ENTAIL?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

IF I AM SEEN PRIVATELY, WILL I BE TAKEN OFF THE NHS WAITING LIST?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO CONSULTATIONS?

Yes. We are now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCE?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

HOW QUICKLY CAN WE GET AN MRI, BLOOD TEST AND OTHER TESTING DONE?

You can get the tests within 2 days of requesting it.

Test results will be received within 2 days.

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