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Yale J Biol Med. 2013 Jun 13;86(2):235-44. Print 2013 Jun.

Late-life onset bipolar disorder presenting as a case of pseudo-dementia: a case discussion and review of literature.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut 06030, USA. banga@uchc.edu

Abstract

Depression and comorbid cognitive impairment in the elderly can be difficult to distinguish from dementia. Adding to the complex differential is that depression may be part of a bipolar illness rather than a unipolar mood disorder. A diligent workup and close monitoring of patients can inform appropriate treatment and can make the difference between recovery and persistence of symptoms. The present case will illustrate how a comprehensive workup utilizing extensive data gathering, laboratory workup, use of neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging, and timely treatment can lead to successful clinical outcomes that can be sustained for many years.

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late life onset bipolar disorder; pseudo-dementia

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23766743
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PMC3670442
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