van der Flier, W. M.; Scheltens, P.
December 2005
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry;Dec2005 Supplement, Vol. 76, pv45
Academic Journal
This article presents information about the use of laboratory and imaging investigations in Dementia. The most common criteria of dementia is the deterioration of cognitive function. The diagnostic work-up of dementia should therefore always include the careful consideration of the medical history of the patient. The standard diagnostic work-up should also include a general neurological and physical examination, and laboratory screening. The aims of laboratory investigations is to identify co-morbidity; to reveal potential risk factors; and to identify the primary cause of dementia. Structural neuroimaging in the initial evaluation of patients with dementia is also recommended as a guideline.


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