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Forgetfulness: Introduction

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....more »

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Causes of Forgetfulness:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Forgetfulness. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Forgetfulness:

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Forgetfulness: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Forgetfulness, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Forgetfulness Treatments

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Stories from Users for Forgetfulness

Real-life user stories relating to Forgetfulness:

Message Boards for Forgetfulness

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Forgetfulness or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Forgetfulness:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Forgetfulness. Some of these are listed below :

Medications or substances causing Forgetfulness:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Forgetfulness as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Forgetfulness:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Forgetfulness as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Forgetfulness: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Forgetfulness may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Forgetfulness

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Forgetfulness:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Forgetfulness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Forgetfulness: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Forgetfulness

Simple hearing loss can be misdiagnosed: Elderly patients can be misdiagnosed owing to symptoms of paranoia, when the underlying cause is really simple hearing loss. Due to their inability to more »

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke more »

Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality more »

Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years, and more »

Brain pressure condition often misdiagnosed as dementia: A condition that results from an excessive pressure of CSF within the brain is often misdiagnosed. It may be misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease or more »

Forgetfulness: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Forgetfulness

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Forgetfulness: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Forgetfulness: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Article Excerpts about Forgetfulness

A lot of people experience memory lapses. Some memory problems are serious, and others are not. People who have serious changes in their memory, personality, and behavior may suffer from a form of brain disease called dementia. Dementia seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities. Alzheimer's disease is one of many types of dementia. (Source: excerpt from Forgetfulness It's Not Always What You Think -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Detailed list of causes of Forgetfulness

The list below shows some of the causes of Forgetfulness mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Forgetfulness?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Forgetfulness. Of the 342 causes of Forgetfulness that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 13 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 9 causes are "common" diseases
  • 7 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 2 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 10 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 323 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Forgetfulness:

The following list of conditions have 'Forgetfulness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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  • Korsakoff's psychosis ... loss of short-term memory, creating fictional stories to hide memory gaps, amnesia, progressive memory loss












Conditions listing medical complications: Forgetfulness:

The following list of medical conditions have Forgetfulness or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.












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Causes of Forgetfulness Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Forgetfulness based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Forgetfulness?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Forgetfulness, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Forgetfulness:

    Subtypes of Forgetfulness:

    Memory problems (95 causes), Memory disturbances (16 causes), Temporary memory loss (13 causes), Amnesia (45 causes), Loss of memory (51 causes), Poor memory (25 causes), Short-term memory loss (22 causes), Memory loss (142 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Forgetfulness:

    Memory symptoms (523 causes), Cognitive symptoms (3664 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Behavioral symptoms (4608 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Mental problems (3121 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Personality symptoms (4029 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Forgetfulness:

    Concentration symptoms (365 causes), Alzheimer's disease (2 causes), Parkinson's disease, Depression (629 causes), Depressive disorders, Dementia (394 causes), Delirium (381 causes), Emotional problems (2080 causes)

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    Medical News summaries about Forgetfulness

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