Binswanger's Disease - Treatment

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Is there any treatment for Binswanger's disease?

There is no specific course of treatment for Binswanger's disease. Treatment is symptomatic.

  • People with depression or anxiety may require antidepressant medications such as the serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) sertraline or citalopram.

  • Atypical antipsychotic drugs, such as risperidone and olanzapine, can be useful in individuals with agitation and disruptive behavior.

  • Recent drug trials with the drug memantine have shown improved cognition and stabilization of global functioning and behavior.

  • The successful management of hypertension and diabetes can slow the progression of atherosclerosis, and subsequently slow the progress of Binswanger's disease.

  • Because there is no cure, the best treatment is preventive, early in the adult years, by controlling risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, and smoking.
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Comment from: Kava, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: September 25

There is a treatment for Binswanger's disease. My mother has been recently treated and cured of it. The doctor drilled a small area in her head and put a thin tube connecting her brain, and the tube reaches her stomach cavity. The excess fluid from the brain gets drained through this tube into her stomach cavity. The tube acts like a nerve that helps drain the excess fluid that accumulates in the brain. Thus the brain is protected from damage. Within a day, I could see the positive change in my mom. I thank medical science for saving my mom's life!

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