Recognition of neurologic diseases in geriatric inpatients

R. M. Camicioli, Jeffrey Kaye, K. Brummel-Smith

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Objectives: - To determine the prevalence of neurologic disease and the diagnostic impact of neurologic consultation on a geriatric inpatient unit. Material and methods - Consecutively admitted patients were prospectively assessed by a neurologist and by medical house staff on a geriatrics unit over a 4-month period. Neurologic diagnoses were compared. Results Fifty- eight men, aged 76.4±8.7 years old (mean±SD), had 1.4±1.1 new or revised neurologic diagnoses made by the neurologist. The prevalence of neurologic disorder was: gait or balance disorder (90%); cognitive disorders (71%); neuromuscular disorder (59%); cerebrovascular disorder (38%); and extrapyramidal disorders (22%). New diagnoses were made by the neurologist among the cognitive (40%), neuromuscular (36%) and cerebrovascular disorders (19%). Conclusions - Neurologic disease is highly prevalent in geriatric inpatients. A neurologist's assessment resulted in altered diagnoses suggesting that neurologists should play a role in geriatric assessment and in education of health professionals caring for the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-270
Number of pages6
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Volume97
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998

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Nervous System Diseases
Geriatrics
Inpatients
Nervous System
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Neurologic Gait Disorders
Basal Ganglia Diseases
Geriatric Assessment
Professional Education
Medical Staff
Internship and Residency
Health Education
Referral and Consultation
Neurologists

Keywords

  • Diagnosis
  • Geriatrics
  • Management
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Camicioli, R. M., Kaye, J., & Brummel-Smith, K. (1998). Recognition of neurologic diseases in geriatric inpatients. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 97(4), 265-270.

Recognition of neurologic diseases in geriatric inpatients. / Camicioli, R. M.; Kaye, Jeffrey; Brummel-Smith, K.

In: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, Vol. 97, No. 4, 1998, p. 265-270.

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Camicioli, RM, Kaye, J & Brummel-Smith, K 1998, 'Recognition of neurologic diseases in geriatric inpatients', Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, vol. 97, no. 4, pp. 265-270.
Camicioli, R. M. ; Kaye, Jeffrey ; Brummel-Smith, K. / Recognition of neurologic diseases in geriatric inpatients. In: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 1998 ; Vol. 97, No. 4. pp. 265-270.
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