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What is mild cognitive impairment or early dementia?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: MCI

The most important point is that mci does not always progress to alzheimer's.
On exam, a good psychiatrist or psychologist can pick up subtle changes in cognition. But does not rise to the level of dementia.

In brief: MCI

The most important point is that mci does not always progress to alzheimer's.
On exam, a good psychiatrist or psychologist can pick up subtle changes in cognition. But does not rise to the level of dementia.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: They aren't the same

Mci involves impairment in one area of brain functioning more than one would expect for your age and previous level of functioning.
The impairment can be in memory, judgement, ability to reason or language. Some people who have mci will later develop dementia so it is thought of as a predementia state. Not everyone with mci will develop dementia.

In brief: They aren't the same

Mci involves impairment in one area of brain functioning more than one would expect for your age and previous level of functioning.
The impairment can be in memory, judgement, ability to reason or language. Some people who have mci will later develop dementia so it is thought of as a predementia state. Not everyone with mci will develop dementia.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. R Sangal
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. R Sangal
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