binswangers Disease Explained
Binswangers Disease Explained
Binswangers disease, sometimes referred to as subcortical dementia, is a rare form of dementia characterized by cerebrovascular lesions in the deep white-matter of the brain, loss of memory and cognition, and mood changes.
Patients usually show signs of
Abnormal blood pressure,
Disease of the large blood vessels in the
with the heart valves.
Other prominent features
of binswangers include urinary incontinence, difficulty walking, clumsiness, slowness of conduct, lack of facial expression, and speech difficulty.
These symptoms, which tend to begin after the age of 60, are not always present in all patients and may sometimes appear only as a passing phase.
Is there any
treatment for binswangers disease?
There is no specific course of treatment for binswangers disease.
Treatment is symptomatic, often involving the use of medications to control high blood pressure, depression, heart arrhythmias and low blood pressure.
What is the prognosis?
binswangers disease is a slowly progressive condition for which there is no cure. The disorder is often marked by strokes and partial recovery.
What research is being done?
The NINDS conducts and supports a wide range of research on dementing disorders, and scientists are currently re-evaluating the definitions for certain dementias, including binswangers disease/subcortical dementia.
The goals of research are to improve the diagnosis of dementias and to find ways to treat and prevent them.
The National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health also support research related to the dementias.
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