Neurodegeneration is a progressive condition that affects the neurons of the human brain. The neurons are the building blocks of the nervous system and when they get affected, they can cause conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or the Huntington’s disease. Because neurons don’t reproduce or replace themselves when damaged, any damage to them is permanent. The disease is progressively degenerative and causes problems with movement and mental functioning.
HOW IS NEURODEGENERATION DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Neurodegeneration depends on the symptoms and physical examination. The neurologist may examine the patient and family history as well. Imaging tests like MRI, CT scan of the brain and spine help detect the damage to the neurons.
HOW IS NEURODEGENERATION TREATED?
There are currently no therapies available to cure neurodegeneration. For each of the diseases, medication can only alleviate symptoms and help to improve patients’ quality of life.
DID YOU KNOW?
Counseling of families affected by Neurodegeneration help them deal with it in a positive manner.