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Mild Cognitive Impairement
Deficit continuum: Cognitive impairment is assessed by various neurological and neuropsychological tests. Such impairment can be described in scores or other test values, which are sometimes also categorized as "mild, moderate, or severe." such general descriptions of impairment, of course, over-simplify the actual functioning or presentation of the individual. They do help when a quick abbreviation is needed. ...Read more
Explanation: "dementia" is a functional term. It refers to a person who has not been independent in activities of daily living (adls) for at least 3 consecutive months. Dementia has numerous possible causes (eg alzheimer's). Mci = unequivocal loss of faculties: memory, thinking, reasoning, insight, judgment, task completion, apraxia, etc without being as functionally impaired as a demented person. ...Read more
I'm 36 and have 2 copies of APOE4 per Pathway Genomics. I have mild cognitive issues. What testing is appropriate that insurance will cover?
Careful: Insurance ≠: issues. Typical larger issue is NMR-lipoproteins by Vantera Analyzer, the primary driver of arterial disease & strokes, along with ?ed BP. So optimize LDL to <400 nmol/L & large HDL to >9 umol/L by NMR along with HbA1c <5.0% & Systolic BP <120 mmHg. Also study the work of Leah Makley (more details later) ...Read more
I have had mild cognitive impairment for months , and now spiked a fever (however cheap themometer say temp is 96). are the two symptoms related ?
Unlikely: If you do not have a reliable thermometer, then you cannot say that you've spiked a fever. Mild cognitive impairment, unless due to an abscess, encephalitis, or meningitis, is not likely to be related to an elevated body temperature. See your physician if your symptoms persist or get worse. You might be referred to a neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mildcognitiveimpairment.html ...Read more
MCI-memory loss only: In dementia, not only memory, but also judgment, language, and other aspects are impaired. Mild cognitive impairment (mci) is a mild worsening of memory without those other changes. Mci may or may not progress to dementia. With my patients, i look for reversible causes, do baseline memory testing and repeat a year later. Slow eeg or prolonged cognitive evoked potential may signal pre-dementia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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