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Diagnosing intellectual decline and its cause may be delayed or missed because the intellectual decline may not be severe or consistent enough for a person to seek medical care. Intellectual decline can also progress so gradually that it is not regarded as a problem for years.
In addition, many people assume that Intellectual decline is a normal part of aging. Very minimal and gradual intellectual decline called age-related cognitive decline is generally regarded by many experts as a normal part of aging. However, it can also be associated with more serious conditions, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Sudden intellectual decline is usually due to a serious, even life-threatening condition, such as a stroke.
For all of these reasons, any symptoms of intellectual decline need to be promptly and thoroughly evaluated by a licensed health care professional to ensure an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment of the reason for the intellectual decline.
Some of the causes, which may potentially be dangerous or fatal if left undiagnosed, may include:
The following list of conditions have 'Intellectual decline' 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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