Classification and diagnosis of dementia: a mechanism-based approach


Emre M.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY, cilt.16, ss.168-173, 2009 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 16 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2009
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2008.02379.x
  • Dergi Adı: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.168-173

Özet

Dementia is an acquired disorder of the brain, designating an impairment of established mental functions due to various aetiologies, representing a decline from pre-morbid level which is severe enough to impair normal daily functioning. Classification of dementias is commonly based on individual aetiological categories, more recently molecular-pathological classifications have been proposed for degenerative dementias. This article is an attempt to provide a comprehensive, yet simplified classification of dementias following a mechanism-based approach. A systematic approach to diagnostic work-up is also proposed based on this classification.