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Binswanger's Disease

Definition from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (USA) Binswanger's disease is an extremely rare form of dementia characterized by cerebrovascular lesions in the deep white-matter of the brain, loss of memory and cognition, and mood changes. Patients usually show signs of abnormal blood pressure, stroke, blood abnormalities, disease of the large blood vessels in the neck, and disease of the heart valves. Other prominent  features of the disease include urinary incontinence, difficulty walking, parkinsonian-like tremors, and depression. These symptoms, which tend to begin after the age of 60, are not always present in all  patients and may sometimes appear only as a passing phase. Seizures may also be present.

Binswanger's Disease: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

Binswanger Disease: information from NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (US site)

PubMed Medline search on Binswanger's Disease

Support Groups

For support groups and further information see Dementia and Stroke

 

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Healthtalk: nerves and brain
Personal experiences of people living with various neurological conditions.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.

 

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