Extended dementia assessment

After the basic assessment is completed, the examining doctor will decide whether he or she has enough information to make a diagnosis. If not, the patient will be referred to a specialist memory clinic for further investigation.

These are available in all regions but vary slightly in terms of working methods and procedures. A visit to a memory clinic continues the investigation process to get closer to a diagnosis. The extended assessment builds on the basic assessment and information is important here too. Some of the elements of the extended assessment can also be carried out digitally.

During the assessment, additional elements are carried out together with healthcare professionals from several professions specializing in cognitive difficulties. Additional neuropsychological tests are carried out. Samples of cerebrospinal fluid are taken for analysis, and additional radiological examinations of the brain may be performed. These may include MRI or PET-CT etc. which visualize the brain in different ways.

The investigation ends with an overall assessment of what the most likely cause of your problems is. In some cases, the diagnosis is clear, but in other cases no explanation is found.

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Mårten Fällman, Legitimerad läkare,Medicinskt ansvarig Minnesmottagningen.se
Updated: July 19, 2023
Published: Aug. 7, 2023.

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