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A 30-year-old male asked:

Is dementia ever diagnosed based solely on cognitive testing? i.e without taking into account clinical history?

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Dr. Cyma Khalily
Psychiatry 37 years experience
NO MUST EVALUATE ALL: No I do not think that this would be appropriate, must do a thorough clinical evaluation/history that includes all relevant information. Dementia is the umbrella term and can be due to a variety of issues.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Exclamation: Dementia is the term for progressive cognitive deterioration. Quite often, an office mental status exam is employed to screen pts' intellectual capacity, and further cognitive testing and imaging may be next to sort this out. Typically, full scale neuropsychological testing is done later. History is key to start to nail down causation.
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