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How can neurological tests help in the diagnosis of dementia?

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There’s no single test that will tell your doctor if you have dementia. It’s a process.

Neurological tests test your balance, reflexes, eye movements, and see how well your sense work.

To do this, your doctor might ask you to push or pull her hands using your arms or to stand with your eyes closed and touch your nose. To check your reflexes, your doctor may tap a small rubber hammer against parts of your body and watch how you respond.

From: How Do Doctors Diagnose Dementia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Stanford Health Care: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

NEJM Catalyst: “We Need More Geriatricians, Not More Primary Care Physicians."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Stanford Health Care: “Diagnosing Dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia,” Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia.”

NEJM Catalyst: “We Need More Geriatricians, Not More Primary Care Physicians."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2018

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