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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Dementia And Alzheimer's Disease [demências Primárias E Doença De Alzheimer]
Author: Maciel Jr. J.A.
Abstract: Primary dementia appears to be the most prevalent cognitive progressive disorders in elderly. It has a negative impact in patient, and family, and society and economy. The primary dementia diagnosis is based on clinical features and exclusion of the other etiologies. The relationships among different etiology of primary dementia are difficult to define because the current evidence supports different point of view, and international criteria consensus are used to based diagnoses. Neuropsychological evaluation is fundamental to determine cognitive decline and progression, and prominent or persistent memory impairment does not necessarily occur in the early stages of dementia. This is evident with progression in most cases of non Alzheimer's disease. Laboratory features, brain images and serum evaluation, are negative especially in early stages of primary dementia. Individualized behavioral, environmental, and pharmacologic therapies are used to alleviate symptoms and support patients and their families, and prolonged cognitive life of patients. The clinical prognosis of cognitive deterioration and function in primary dementia patients are limited. Actually reported gains have been significant due to medical supportive therapies. © Copyright Moreira Jr. Editora.
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Date Issue: 2006
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