Is it Alzheimer's? Neuropsychological testing helps to clarify diagnostic puzzle

A. Peterson, M. S. Lantz

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Abstract

This patient displayed a pattern of neuropsychological test results that indicated early Alzheimer's dementia. Using neuropsychological testing to make the diagnosis provided an answer for the patient, family, and psychiatrist, who all recognized a problem, and allowed for future planning. Recommendations for the patient included: psychoeducation and support for the patient and family; assistance with planning for the future, including discussions of advance directives and financial management; re-evaluation of the patient's ability to drive a motor vehicle; a trial of a cholinesterase inhibitor such as donepezil or rivastigmine; ongoing health maintenance, including periodic screening for depression and other psychiatric symptoms; repeat neuropsychological assessment in 6 months to 1 year to assess rate of decline and confirm the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-61
Number of pages4
JournalGeriatrics
Volume56
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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