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Potter C, McGuinness B, Passmore P. Diagnosing mild cognitive impairment can prove challenging. Practitioner May 2021;265(1848):11-14

Diagnosing mild cognitive impairment can prove challenging

25 May 2021Registered users

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome defined as evidence of cognitive decline which is greater than expected for an individual’s age and educational level but which does not significantly impact on activities of daily living. The challenge for clinicians is to distinguish between normal cognition, cognitive decline normal for ageing, subjective cognitive decline, delirium, MCI and dementia. The history should focus on the onset and progression of symptoms. An acute or fluctuating course suggests delirium or another potentially reversible cause.

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