Dementia is the progressive decline in cognitive function due to organic damage to the cerebellum and parts of the brain. Areas particularly affected include memory, attention, judgment, language, and problem-solving. Neuropsychological findings include deterioration of both short term and long term memories of past personal experiences. Memory loss is usually first noticed by a spouse or someone else close.
Dementia is classified as a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social behavior enough to interfere with daily functioning. Behavioral indications include personality changes, depression, anxiety, inappropriate behavior, paranoia, agitation, hallucinations and decreased verbal fluency. Patients will show a difficulty in finding words, reasoning or problem-solving, handling complex tasks, planning, and organizing, coordination, and motor functions, confusion and disorientation.¹
Even though a symptom is short-term memory loss, memory loss has a different cause. So memory loss alone does not mean you have dementia or will ever progress to dementia. It’s estimated only 25% of Superficial Siderosis patients with cognitive difficulties will progress into clinical dementia.²
This case study describes a Superficial Siderosis patient who had progressed into dementia along with other Superficial Siderosis related symptoms. It is important to note beside Superficial Siderosis he had a past medical history of hypertension, cerebellar strokes, left ventricular ejection fraction of 46%, dyslipidemia, prostatic hyperplasia, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. From a non-medical point of view, it stands to reason there were other contributing factors besides Superficial Siderosis.³