Small head size is related to low mini-mental state examination scores in a community sample of nondemented older adults

M. D. Reynolds, J. M. Johnston, H. H. Dodge, S. T. DeKosky, Mary Ganguli

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The objective of this analysis was to determine the relationship, if any, of head size to performance on a cognitive screening test among elderly nondemented adults participating in a community-based survey. The study sample included 825 subjects (533 women, 292 men), age 70 to 95 years. Multivariate analyses, with adjustment for age and education, revealed that smaller head size was associated with low Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores (i.e., below the 10th percentile) in both men and women. For every 1-centimeter increment in head size, there was a corresponding reduction of ~20% in the probability of a low MMSE score.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-229
Number of pages2
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 13 1999


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  • Clinical Neurology

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