Specialty Consult – Geriatric Medicine
COMMENTS TO SPECIALIST
79-year-old Caucasian female with a past medical history of worsening memory loss. Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) exam one year-ago score of 22/30; current MOCA 18/30. Recent computerized tomography (CT) scan of the head revealed mild cerebellar and cerebral atrophy, chronic periventricular and subcortical deep white matter microvascular ischemic disease, which I suspect may indicate some underlying dementia.
I have reviewed with the patient and spouse the use of medications to aid in the treatment of what appeared to be underlying dementia. The medications discussed were Aricept, Exelon, as well as Donzipil. Please provide input regarding a diagnosis and treatment options for possible dementia.
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