Aside from Alzheimers what other diseases can cause memory…?

Aside from Alzheimers what other diseases can cause memory loss, confusion, and other symptoms typically associated with Alzheimers?

My Aunt had a cataract surgery 1 month ago, about a week later she just stopped functioning normally.

She thinks her things are vanishing, and that she is invisible, but her stuff is really there and I can see her. She is not crazy, or having any difficulty with motor skills, she seems aware that she has something wrong, but like us and her Doctors, can’t pin point it.

Cat Scan is negative for stroke, and Spinal Tap is negative for any infection in the spinal fluid/brain.

I thought she might have got the Optic nerve infected, but I guess the Spinal Tap ruled that out…

I have never heard of Alzheimers just hitting someone so suddenly. One day she was at work, the next day she thought her car had dissappeared.

Any help?

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  • rosieC January 26, 2009, 9:20 pm

    Forgetfulness (medical symptom): Loss of memory is a common symptom, particular in the elderly. Memory loss may also be associated with concentration symptoms. Many people fear a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease but many other possibilities exist, including simply the normal deterioration of memory function with aging. Other possibilities include the side effects of various medications and other medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, certain brain conditions (e.g. stroke or brain tumors) and various types of dementia. Any memory-related symptoms need prompt professional medical advice to determine the correct diagnosis

    Dementia is caused by many conditions. Some conditions that cause dementia can be reversed, and others cannot. Further, many different medical conditions may cause symptoms that seem like Alzheimer’s disease, but are not. Some of these medical conditions may be treatable. Reversible conditions can be caused by a high fever, dehydration, vitamin deficiency and poor nutrition, bad reactions to medicines, problems with the thyroid gland, or a minor head injury. Medical conditions like these can be serious and should be treated by a doctor as soon as possible.

    The two most common forms of dementia in older people are Alzheimer’s disease and multi infarct dementia (sometimes called vascular dementia. These types of dementia are irreversible, which means they cannot be cured. In Alzheimer’s disease, nerve cell changes in certain parts of the brain result in the death of a large number of cells. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease begin SLOWLY and become steadily worse. As the disease progresses, symptoms range from mild forgetfulness to serious impairments in thinking, judgment, and the ability to perform daily activities. Eventually, patients may need total care

    In multi infarct dementia, a series of small strokes or changes in the brain’s blood supply may result in the death of brain tissue. The location in the brain where the small strokes occur determines the seriousness of the problem and the symptoms that arise. Symptoms that begin suddenly may be a sign of this kind of dementia. People with multi infarct dementia are likely to show signs of improvement or remain stable for long periods of time, then quickly develop new symptoms if more strokes occur. In many people with multi infarct dementia, high blood pressure is to blame. One of the most important reasons for controlling high blood pressure is to prevent strokes.

    One of the complications of surgery is stroke. If she just had a catract surgery, she might have suffered a stroke which accounts for her memory loss and confusion. Anesthesia can also cause some memory loss and confusion in the elderly. No, I don't think she has the Alzheimer's disease whose symptoms appear slowly and gradually.