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What diagnosis activities are required to determine what type of dementia a person has?
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Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Is it reversible?
Tests consider reversible bs irreversible causes of dementia.
Look at thyroid function tests, B12 levels, RPR to rule out syphillis. These are metabolic causes.Then ctscan or MRI to r:/o tumor, multiinfarct dementia(mid).If mid, ekg to r/o atrial fibrillation. Newer tests include pet scans and other new x-ray imaging studied. It is common to find small vessel ischemia.

In brief: Is it reversible?
Tests consider reversible bs irreversible causes of dementia.
Look at thyroid function tests, B12 levels, RPR to rule out syphillis. These are metabolic causes.Then ctscan or MRI to r:/o tumor, multiinfarct dementia(mid).If mid, ekg to r/o atrial fibrillation. Newer tests include pet scans and other new x-ray imaging studied. It is common to find small vessel ischemia.
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Dementia
Thorough exam, neurological workup, mini mental status exam are first steps.

In brief: Dementia
Thorough exam, neurological workup, mini mental status exam are first steps.
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