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Neurodegener Dis Manag. 2014;4(1):41-56. doi: 10.2217/nmt.13.75.

When dementia progresses quickly: a practical approach to the diagnosis and management of rapidly progressive dementia.

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University of Toronto, Division of Neurology, University Health Network Memory Clinic, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Abstract

Making a diagnosis of rapidly progressive dementia requires practical adaptation of the skills used to assess patients with chronic causes of cognitive impairment. An expedited assessment, commensurate with the accelerated pace of the disease, is required to identify the cause of symptoms amidst a myriad of possibilities. Features upon history, physical examination and cognitive assessment that support specific diagnoses are reviewed, and a stratified approach to testing is presented. The use of readily-accessible investigations is prioritized, acknowledging the implications and applications of novel diagnostic tests. The coordinated use of clinical and laboratory measures are promoted as a means of facilitating rapid evaluation, with the ultimate goal of identifying patients with potentially reversible causes of rapidly progressive dementia.

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24640978
DOI:
10.2217/nmt.13.75
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