Memory Disorders, Alzheimer's & Dementias (Neurodegenerative Diseases)

Many neurological disorders can cause dementia, a loss of brain function that can affect memory, behavior, planning, language, attention and more. Degenerative nerve diseases affect many of your body's activities, such as balance, movement, talking, breathing, and heart function.

Many of these diseases are genetic. Sometimes the cause is a medical condition such as alcoholism, a tumor, or a stroke. Other causes may include toxins, chemicals, and viruses. Sometimes the cause is not known.

Degenerative nerve diseases include:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Friedreich's ataxia
  • Huntington's disease
  • Lewy body disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

Our team specializes in diagnosing various causes of dementia. In addition, we are skilled in managing its associated symptoms through exercise and medication, and educating family members on proper caregiving. Research conducted at the Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, which functions as a Center within the Department of Neurology, is continually exploring new and promising approaches for symptom management.

Dealing with dementia is a huge challenge for patients and families alike. At UTMB, we will be there for you with the latest approaches to symptom management and an attentive, compassionate touch.

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