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49 year old male interllectually handicapped but living indepeantly

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49 year old male interllectually handicapped but living indepeantly with sever parkinsons admitted to hospital with broken elbow slips in a sate of demenita, what is the cause and is it temporary
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Suzanne replied 5 years ago.

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I'm sorry to hear this has happened to him. If the dementia symptoms didn't start until he got to the hospital, it's possible they are a reaction to a pain medication. If that's the case, he should regain his mental abilities when the pain meds are stopped. If the dementia began before the fall, the prognosis is more likely that this is a permanent change.

 

Sometimes years after the initial diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease, the person can also develop dementia. If this happens, the deterioration looks very similar to Alzheimer's disease, and would be permanent. Here are some links that will provide education on dementia in Parkinson's: http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/news/20041213/tracking-dementia-in-parkinsons-disease

and http://alzheimers.about.com/od/typesofdementia/a/Parkinsons-Disease-Dementia.htm

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