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What's Involved in Getting a Dementia Diagnosis?

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Unfortunately, getting a dementia diagnosis is not a clear cut process. A diagnosis is given by process of elimination. Because of this, misdiagnosis is fairly common.

Typically if a person is exhibiting cognitive difficulties and dementia is in question, the doctor will:

  • Review medical and family history  
  • Perform a physical examination  
  • Conduct cognitive assessments  
  • Run laboratory tests  
  • Order imaging tests  

It can be quite the process and even the cognitive assessments can take several hours to perform as the person is often given a battery of different cognitive exams.  

To learn more check out: NHS

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