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HOW IS DEMENTIA DIAGNOSED?

Date Posted: 03/01/18
Author: Carol Becker


How is Dementia diagnosed?

No single test can determine whether you have dementia. Diagnosis is based on a range of medical tests and your medical history. If you exhibit symptoms of dementia your doctor will perform: 

  • a physical exam 
  • neurological exam 
  • mental status tests 
  • other laboratory tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms.  
 

SOME COMMON TESTS USED TO DIAGNOSE DEMENTIA INCLUDE:


Mini-mental state examination (MMSE)   -  The MMSE test memory, language use and comprehension, and motor skills, among other things.

Mini-Cog test   - This is a short test for helping your doctor diagnose dementia. It involves these three steps:

Clinical dementia rating (CDR)  - This score is based on your performance in these and other tests, as well as your medical history. 

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