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Joseph Quinn (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-65619-8 October 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 192 Pages


Dementia is a devastating diagnosis for patients

Dementia comes in many forms that can be hard to differentiate. Arriving at an accurate diagnosis without subjecting an already wary patient to unnecessary tests requires clinical acumen. Identifying the correct dementia, and determining a probable prognosis, allows agreement on appropriate management and care with patients and their carers.

But how much testing is needed? What do the tests tell you? What management options are available?

Dementia provides a progressive approach to help you identify and manage the many forms of this complex and devastating disease. Dr Quinn has assembled a team of expert neurologists and gerontologists to provide the foundation knowledge you need to develop the clinical wisdom for effective dementia care. Dementia clearly explains the diagnosis, investigations and management for

  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Fronto-temporal dementia

Clinical in approach, practical in execution, Dementia helps you diagnose and treat your patients more effectively.

Contributors vii

Series Foreword ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis of Dementia 1
Richard Camicioli

Chapter 2 Rapidly Progressive Dementia and its Mimics 15
Amy May Lin Quek and Andrew McKeon

Chapter 3 Young Onset Dementia: How Much Diagnostic Testing is Enough? 35
Anahita Adeli and Keith A. Josephs

Chapter 4 An Approach to the Problem of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus 55
Norman Relkin

Chapter 5 Depression: Cause or Complication of Cognitive Decline? 67
David Mansoor, Sahana Misra, and Linda Ganzini

Chapter 6 Mild Cognitive Impairment 77
Ranjan Duara, David A. Loewenstein, Clinton Wright, Elizabeth Crocco, and Daniel Varon

Chapter 7 After the Diagnosis: Continuing Neurological Care of the Outpatient with Dementia 97
Anne M. Lipton

Chapter 8 Using Psychotropic Medications to Manage Problem Behaviors in Dementia 111
Lucy Y. Wang and Murray A. Raskind

Chapter 9 Palliative Care in Advanced Dementias 121
Ira Byock and Cory Ingram

Chapter 10 Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Dementia 137
Amy Y. Tsou and Jason Karlawish

Chapter 11 Assessing Outcomes in Dementia Care 151
Joel Mack, Amie Peterson, and Joseph Quinn

Chapter 12 Primary Prevention of Dementia 163
Joseph Quinn

Index 171

“This is an excellent overview of the differential diagnosis and treatment of patients with dementia. It provides practical tips to guide clinicians through the initial diagnosis, current treatment options, and long-term complexities of caring for patients with cognitive decline. The information is presented in a clinically relevant and concise manner. With further advances in neuroimaging, disease markers, and, hopefully, treatment options, more books like this will be needed to provide clinicians with up-to-date reviews of current practice guidelines.”  (Doody’s, 13 February 2015)

"The tone is practical, not academic, with authors offering assistance on what might be done and what should be avoided." (European Journal of Nuclear Medicine Molecular Imaging 2015) 

The tone is practical, not
academic, with authors offering assistance on what might be
done and what should be avoided.