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Corticobasal Degeneration

What is Corticobasal Degeneration?

Corticobasal Degeneration is a rare neurological disease characterized by atrophy of multiple areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex and basal ganglia.


Corticobasal Degeneration is a rare neurological disease characterized by atrophy of multiple areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex and basal ganglia.
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The cause of corticobasal degeneration is unknown. Previous cases suggest that there may be a familial connection for individuals with this disease. A genetic cause is suggested.
Corticobasal degeneration is characterized by limb apraxia, where individuals are unable to perform familiar movements on command. Amnesia and “frontal-executive” mental deficits, such as judgement impairment or increased distractibility, are possible cognitive abnormalities. Eye movements may be restricted in horizontal movement and upgaze. Dystonia and myoclonus, involuntary muscle contractions, cortical sensory loss, the loss of sensitivity, and rigidity, are also symptoms. It is common that cognitive and behavioural symptoms present before motor symptoms. Initial physical symptoms usually appear in individuals in their 60s, in the form of poor coordination, or difficulty completing everyday tasks.
Symptoms and signs of corticobasal degeneration are frequently also caused by other neurodegenerative diseases, so “corticobasal syndrome” is used as the name of the clinical diagnosis. At autopsy, the term “corticobasal degeneration” is only used for those meeting the neuropathological criteria.
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There is no known cure for corticobasal degeneration, so treatment focuses on managing symptoms of CDS. The patient will generally be taken off medications that may lead to cognitive impairment, and given vitamin E and antioxidants. He or she will be given medication to manage pain, rigidity, and dystonia. The patient may also be treated for depression. Speech, physical, and occupational therapy can be helpful in maintaining endurance and communication. Affected individuals might also want counseling regarding disability and end-of-life care.
This disease is incurable and progressive. The average course of this disease is around 7 years. Death is usually caused by complications of the disease, most often pneumonia.
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C It is crucial for individuals with Cushing’s syndrome to not push themselves too hard physically, eat healthily, and monitor their mental health. Cognitive issues resulting from Cushing’s syndrome may improve through mental exercises such as Sudoku. Pain can be alleviated with low-impact exercise, hot baths, and massages.
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Garrymac Created by Garrymac
Last updated 13 Sep 2016, 11:27 PM

Posted by Garrymac
13 Sep 2016, 11:27 PM

Hi , never been a member of a forum before so here goes,,,my wife Janice (55) is now in a hospital bed at home and in the latter stages of Corticobasal degeneration...6 weeks ago we were going for runs in the car and for dinner etc,although I had to physically feed her etc..then she got constipated after discharging more than ample faeces ...along with her 6 monthly fall ...she ended up in hospital to clear the constipation and on getting X rayed there was no damage to her after the fall...she now is totally helpless at home getting liquidised food and incontinent ....all in the space of 6 weeks...carers 4 times a day main worry at the moment is that she maybe in pain as for about 6-7 hours every day she looks like she's possessed by a demon and dizapam etc only relief it briefly...she's aggressive and tries to hit out then out of the blue she calms down and becomes placid and loving ...I'd like to ask has anyone on here ever experienced the likes of this with their loved one...thanks for reading this Garry

Progression of CBD Created by Rosiemama
Last updated 6 Nov 2012, 03:18 AM

Posted by grammyd1952
6 Nov 2012, 03:18 AM

i have had cbdg diagnosed 1 year ago, i have had physical therapy, it does not work, unless you and the patient are100^ committed. i am not that committed someone suggested i start on longvida, fish oil, vit d, c, b, ans o2q10. if you really want the dose let me know

Posted by Rosiemama
17 Dec 2010, 12:56 PM

Hello everyone My father-in-law was diagnosed with CBD in July after a few years of experiencing symptoms that puzzled all of his doctors. What stage are your loved ones in and how fast has this disease progressed for them? One of his arm's started jerking a few years ago, followed by loss of peripheral vision. A year and a half ago he had to stop driving because he could not keep the car in the proper lane. Now he can't read because he can't track the lines, he can't put his clothes on properly, he must use a walker because his sense of balance is very bad, and he has trouble using everyday items. He says he knows what he should do with them but he can't make his hands do what they should do. He is also cold almost all of the time. Does anyone have any suggestions or practical tips? Have you tried occupational therapy? Thanks, Rosiemama

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Researchers can contact CoRDS to determine if the registry contains participants with the rare disease they are researching. If the researcher determines there is a sufficient number of participants or data on the rare disease of interest within the registry, the researcher can apply for access. Upon approval from the CoRDS Scientific Advisory Board, CoRDS staff will reach out to participants on behalf of the researcher. It is then up to the participant to determine if they would like to join the study.

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I'm Garry and would like to discuss about my wife Janice who,I believe, is in the second last stage of Corticobasal degeneration
I have intrest to learn, to become more aware.
60, diagnosed 1 year ago with cbgd. feel very lost, angry
I am the Director of Outreach & Education for CurePSP.
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