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Neurological disorders in the elderly 

Neurological disorders in the elderly
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Neurological disorders in the elderly
Author(s):

Anand Prakash

and Kailash Krishnan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199604999.003.0012
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date: 20 August 2019

This chapter describes in brief the important and common neurological conditions in the elderly. Various forms of dementia are discussed, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular, Lewy body, and frontotemporal dementias. Other diseases that have a dementia presentation, including Parkinson’s disease, prion diseases, drug-induced dementia, and those associated with systemic infections or illnesses, are reviewed. Stroke presentations and types are reviewed and their current management is evaluated. Epilepsy, which is the greatest in prevalence after the age of 75, is often misdiagnosed and this is discussed along with other possible causes of seizures. Parkinson’s disease and its associated neurodegenerative syndromes are reviewed and current treatment discussed. Normal pressure hydrocephalus and spinal disease are also discussed briefly.

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