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1 Dementia Screening and Management
Department of Geriatric Medicine Dementia Screening and Management Western Health Dr. Sook Meng LEE

2 Overview New terminology from DSM V What are some of the clues GPs might pick up? What are the reasons to seek early diagnosis? What screening tools to use? Evidence on treatments available and how to subscribe Who and how to refer to CDAMS and other services?

3 Causes of cognitive decline
Normal ageing Subjective Cognitive Impairment (SCI) Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Dementia Delirium Depression Drugs anticholinergic, analgesics, antinauseants, antibiotics (cipro), CNS acting, cardiac, GI, psychotropics, steroids The 4 Ds Antibiotics – fluroquinolones eg ciprofloxacin, moxifloxacin

4 New DSM V Terminology Neurocognitive disorder (NCD) vs Dementia
Dementia typically refers to neurodegenerative disorders in the elderly DSM expands category to include disorders in younger people eg. HIV, traumatic brain injury Can be single domain eg. Amnestic exception – Major NCD due to Alzheimer’s disease

5 Criteria for Neurocognitive Disorders
COGNITIVE disorders ACQUIRED and represent a DECLINE (ie not developmental) Presence of underlying brain pathology

6 Major and Mild Neurocognitive Disorder
Major Neurocognitive Disorder Significant cognitive decline Interferes with independence Not due to delirium Not due to other mental disorders Mild Neurocognitive Disorder Moderate cognitive decline Does NOT interfere with independence Mild – between 1-2 standard deviation from the mean (bet 3rd and 16th centile) Major – below 2 SD or below 3rd centile These should not be rigidly used – need to consider premorbid level, sensitivity of testing Major and Mild exist on a continuum Carers’ observations important in making diagnosis Diagnosis difficult as many symptoms (eg. apathy, loss of interest, sleep/appetite disturbance, agitation/retardation) can be dut to NCD alone Antidepressants indicated for biological symptoms, diurnal variation, agitation/retardation, psychotic features Use those with less anticholinergic effect eg. cipramil, mirtazepine

7 Cognitive domains specified
DSM-IV Memory impairment Aphasia Apraxia Agnosia Executive dysfunction DSM-V Complex attention Executive function Learning & memory Language Perceptual-motor Social Cognition Apraxia – inability to execute learned purposeful movements (disorder of motor planning that is not due to incoordination/sensory loss/failure to understand commands Agnosia – loss of ability to recognise objects, persons, sounds, shapes or smells, which is not due to loss of sense

8 When diagnosing, it is just as important to eliminate non-NCD conditions to determine which disease(s) are present Amnestic syndromes – post-head injuries, psychogenic states, TLE Depression and Delirium Complex relationship Important – treatable Other, some possibly treatable/reversible/modifiable, causes of cognitive disorders including systemic, metabolic, endocrine, infective, nutritional, trauma, toxins (medications, alcohol), neurological (NPH, tumors)

9 Clues Vague complaints Forgetting appointments, scripts Repetitive, word finding difficulties Irritable Recurrent attendance to ED Decline in previous well controlled illness Social withdrawal Holiday dramas FAMILY MEMBER and carer worried

10 What are the common causes of NCD?

11 Major types of NCDs Neurocognitive Disorder due to Alzheimer’s disease Vascular Neurocognitive Disorder Neurocognitive Disorder due to frontotemporal lobar degeneration Neurocognitive Disorder with Lewy Bodies Neurocognitive Disorder due to Parkinsons disease Traumatic brain injury Substance/medication-induced Prion disease (several others – up to 70 types)

12 Alzheimer’s disease (1)
Causes at least 50% of all neurocognitive disorders Characterised by insidious onset and slow steady progression Initially, new learning is affected (pervasive forgetfulness), later praxis, language and executive functions, loss of insight (anosognosia) “Probable” vs “Possible” Alzheimer’s disease Related to Evidence of AD gene (family history or formal gene testing) Probable AD – either must be present Evidence of AD gene (family history or formal gene testing) All 3 of following Impairment in memory + 1 other domain Progressive, gradual onset No other possible aetiology

13 Alzheimer’s disease (2)
Medial temporal lobe atrophy on MRI – highly predictive of AD PET scans – PiB PET, florbetapir amyloid PET NB variant Ads Specific medication available (cholinesterase inhibitors & memantine- not curative) Aβ plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, tau pathology PiB is precursor to florbetapir, both are tracers PiB – research, florbetapir – FDA approved

14 Vascular neurocognitive disorder (1)
NINDS-AIREN criteria Temporal relationship/stepwise – but not always (infarcts may be silent) Focal neurology Neuroimaging evidence Clinical neurological signs ( motor, sensory, bulbar, gait, executive function, psychomotor slowing, apathy, urinary dysfunction, gait disorders) Memory deficits often milder than AD – due to retrieval difficulties rather than primary memory disorder, hence benefit from cues

15 Vascular neurocognitive disorder (2)
Slowed information processing, difficulty planning, organising, sequencing, set shifting Management includes optimisation of CVS risk factors inc antiplatelet Tx Depression, personality change, emotional lability

16 Mixed pathologies Common – especially in the older patients
Community study in those with clinical diagnosis of dementia 50% mixed pathology – most common AD and VaD AD + PDD, AD + DLB Brain Banks (Europe) 53% mixed pathology Brain pathology also found in those without clinical diagnosis during life (brain reserve theory)

17 NCD with Lewy Body Disease (1)
Common accounting 10-25% dementia Core symptoms Insidious onset and progression of debilitating cognition over 1-4 years Fluctuating cognition/attention/alertness Visual hallucinations – well formed and detailed Parkinsonism develops 12/12 AFTER cognitive impairment Suggestive features Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep disorder Neuroleptic sensitivity - worsening of movement disorder & consciousness

18 NCD with Lewy Body Disease (2)
Alpha-synuclein immunohistochemistry Relative preservation of medial temporal lobe structures (cf to AD) Occipital hypoperfusion on SPECT Overlap with NCD associated with Parkinson’s Disease Onset dementia before motor Sx cf Parkinson’s disease (motor Sx 1st) Cholinesterase inhibitors can be useful for NCD associated with Lewy Body Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

19 NCD due to Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (1)
3 subtypes Behavioural variant – most common Progressive non-fluent aphasia Semantic dementia (fluent but loss of meaning of words & anomia) Typical age at onset is in the 50’s, median survival 7 years Often diagnosis missed in the early stages Behavioural symptoms can precede cognitive symptoms for years Disinhibition, impulsivity, apathy, OCD signs, loss of empathy

20 NCD due to Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (2)
Should consider FTD in DDx if significant personality change occurs MRI and PET are important for early diagnosis 50% tau pathology chrom 17 (50% +ve FHx in1st degree relative) Cholinesterase inhibitors – no benefit

21 Further considerations
Over 70 types of NCDs Where NCD is a known association Motor neuron disease (FTD) Down syndrome (AD) Conditions where symptoms overlap with major types of NCDs eg. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CSF pr ), encephalities, Huntington’s disease, psychotic disorders

22 How to evaluate and manage a person with possible dementia

23 Issues around diagnosis
Sometimes seen as normal ageing Therapeutic nihilism – there is no Rx anyway, so why bother? Stigma & cultural issues Many conceal Sx from GP, others lack insight GPs – difficulty making diagnosis and breaking the news

24 Benefits of diagnosis Brodaty et al 78% seek help from GP in the first instance
Benefits of early Dx GP Management Reversible cause Dementia/depression/delirium screen A relief If not dementia/ but also if dementia Education CDAMS, Alzheimer’s Australia Legal planning EPOA, medical POA, Advanced Directives Prescribing medications Stop potentially harmful ones. Start cholinesterase Monitoring medications Webster pack, pharmacy, RDNS Safety OT, ACAS, CDAMS, falls prevention Carer health Assess independently Watch out for delirium Recent change in behaviour Monitor for behaviour Exclude delirium, antipsychotics last resort, DBMAS Monitor for depression Geriatric Depression Scale Modify risk factors BP, diabetes, lipids, alcohol

25 Diagnostic Assessment (1)
There is no single test Clinical assessment – obtain history from family, check for functional decline Exclude potentially reversible or modifiable causes, and exclude misdiagnosis eg. delirium, depression

26 Diagnostic Assessment (2)
General medical, cardiovascular and neurological examination FBE, ESR, U&E, Ca, LFT, TSH, B12, folate, MSU, CT brain/MRI Depending on history and clinical findings – syphilis serol, EEG, HIV

27 Screening tools and further investigations
Screening tools – GPCOG, MMSE, GDS RUDAS if CALD background or low education MOCA/FAB if obvious cognitive deficits but high MMSE & frontal features Neuropsychology assessment SPECT, PET (18-FDG PET for FTD, PiB PET for AD)

28 High sensitivity & specificity (80%)
Brief and quick – 4 activities (recall name & add, date, clock, current affair) High sensitivity & specificity (80%) Probable cognitive impairment if Patient score 0-4 Patient score 5-8 and informant score 0-3 As good as MMSE, not affected by culture, but not tested for serial testing John Brown 42 West Street Kensington, date, clock drawing, current affair Informant – recalling things, forgetting recent conversations, word finding difficulties, managing finances

29 Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) Folstein et al : J Psych Res 1975;12:189-98
Score Orientation Year, Season, Month, Date, Day. State, City, Suburb, Building, Floor Registration 3 Repeat and remember: apple, table, penny Attention and Calculation Serial 7’s, or spell “WORLD” backwards Recall Recall 3 objects above Language Name a pencil and a watch Repeat “No ifs, ands or buts” Follow three stage command e.g. take this piece of paper in your right hand, fold it in half, put it on the floor 1 Read and obey the following: “close your eyes” Write a sentence Copy intersecting pentagons Max score=30

30 Not affected by culture or education, less confrontational, good sensitivity and specificity (80%), test judgement and verbal fluency, score <23/30 indicated cognitive impairment Neither RUDAS or GPCOG recognised for PBS authority for cholinesterase inhibitors

31 Depressive symptoms Depressive symptoms 20-40% of cases, more common if previous Hx of depression More common in earlier stages, especially with Vascular NCD Correlates with degree of disruption to brain monoamine systems (and possibly retained insight) Antidepressants indicated if biological symptoms, diurnal variation, agitation/retardation, psychotic features

32 Risk factors: most NCDs
Non modifiable Age Apo E4 Potentially modifiable CVS risk factors – HT, diabetes, lipids, smoking, strokes, homocysteine Head injury, alcohol Protective Physical activity Education

33 Pharmacological treatment
Donepezil (Aricept), Rivastingmine (Excelon) & Galantamine (Reminyl) Mild-moderate Alzheimer’s disease – PBS approval MMSE >10/30 If cultural, aphasic, blind, intellectual impairment – can do CIBIS Diagnosis made by or in consultation with specialist May benefit advanced Alzheimer’s disease with BPSD and Lewy Body Dis Memantine (Ebixa) Alzheimer’s disease – PBS approval Same requirements, but MMSE 10-14 Can use with cholinesterase inhibitors CIBIS – Clinician Interview Based Impression of Severity

34 Applying for an authority for cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine:
Initial application: organise a phone order for 1 month (half dose) + 1 repeat (full dose) send a written application (triplicate PBS form) to Medicare straight away to for 6 month supply to (one month half dose and 5 months full dose)  To Reply paid PBS Authority Section, Medicare Australia, GPO Box Melbourne The initial application must include Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, confirmed by, or in consultation with, a specialist Initial MMSE score with date of score Sole PBS-subsidised therapy for this condition If continuing treatment: send a written application (triplicate script) and send off to above. Include: Patient must demonstrate a clinically meaningful response to initial Rx Re-assessments for a clinically meaningful response to be undertaken and documented every 6 months. This may include QOL (level of independence,happiness), cognitive function (memory, recognition, interest in environment) & behaviour (hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, marked agitation, aggressive behaviour) After approval, Medicare Australia will forward both copies of the prescription to the patient or the prescriber

35 Cholinesterase inhibitors donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Excelon), galantamine (Reminyl)
Modest improvement in cognition, global changes seen, including function Non-cognitive benefit eg. apathy, psychosis, BPSD Delay symptoms by months Many get suboptimal dose and compliance an issue Contraindicated in poorly controlled asthma Side effects – GI (including weight loss), bradycardia, sleep disturbance, urinary symptoms BPSD can be exacerbated if stop at late stage

36 Memantine (Ebixa) NMDA antagonist For moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease (MMSE 10-14) Well tolerated – headache, dizziness, anxiety, tiredness Maintains mobility and independent feeding Can assist with aggression and agitation Can give daily dose 5mg for 1 week, then 10mg, then 15mg, then maintain at 20mg

37 Dementia and driving National uniform law requires a patient to advise the local driver licensing authority – penalties for failure to report Dx dementia – cannot hold unconditional licence 46-76% with mild dementia pass road test, no test is 100% accurate Clues that the patient may be unsafe to continue driving Caregiver concerned History of crash or traffic fine Self-imposed restriction (5-fold increase risk of crashes) Impulsive or aggressive personality Evidence in jurisdiction when compulsory notification has resulted in compromised medical outcomes Clues that patient is unsafe to continue driving: Caregiver concerned History of crash or traffic fine Self-imposed restriction (5-fold increase risk of crashes) eg avoidance, rain, night time, reduce driving speed Impulsive or aggressive personality

38 CDAMS process – who to refer
Primary target is dementia related illness Any age (generally over 50) Would benefit from a formal diagnosis No previous diagnosis – unless requesting second opinion Requires multidisciplinary assessment ie. not just neuropsychology Requires high level/detailed assessment ie usually MMSE ≥ 17 Client agrees to assessment Had dementia screen +/- ECG

39 When we receive a referral
You will be ask to undergo a dementia screen – blood tests, urine tests and neuroimaging eg. CT brain GP will be contacted – for medical notes, info on medications, to organise the dementia screen Medical assessment – history, examination, specific cognitive assessment – lots of questions, some drawing, writing, problem solving, actions with hands etc A comprehensive assessment about home situation and ability to function at home will be undertaken Legal, financial and driving capabilities will be assessed

40 Questions?


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