Memory Disorder Clinic

Fig - Motor Sensory Function

FNI's Memory Disorder Clinic provides a specialized service in the, management of memory loss that covers the following:

  • Classify the type of memory disorder.
  • Confirm diagnosis of memory disorder.
  • Assess the severity of memory disorder and behavior using memory and language, cognitive disorder tests.
  • Evaluate the underline cause of memory loss.
  • Assess different modalities of treatment for memory disorder.
  • Prevention of progression of memory loss.
  • Family and patient education on memory disorder.
Neuro Diagnostic Tests

Medical History
This may require asking questions of family members and friends.

Medical history questions documenting memory loss in detail may include the following:

  • Type
    • Can the person remember recent events (is there impaired short-term memory)?
    • Can the person remember events from further in the past (is there impaired long-term memory)?
    • Is there a loss of memory about events that occurred prior to a specific experience (anterograde amnesia)?
    • Is there a loss of memory about events that occurred soon after a specific experience (retrograde amnesia)?
    • Is there only a minimal loss of memory?
    • Does the person make up stories to cover gaps in memory (confabulation)?
    • Is the person suffering from low moods that impair concentration?
  • Time pattern
    • Has the memory loss been getting worse over years?
    • Has the memory loss been developing over weeks or months?
    • Is the memory loss present all the time or are there distinct episodes of amnesia?
    • If there are amnesia episodes, how long do they last?
  • Aggravating or triggering factors
    • Has there been a head injury in the recent past?
    • Has the person experienced an event that was emotionally traumatic?
    • Has there been a surgery or procedure requiring a general anesthetic?
    • Does the person use alcohol? How much?
    • Does the person use illegal/illicit drugs? How much? What type?
  • Other symptoms
    • What other symptoms are present?
    • Is the person confused or disoriented?
    • Can they independently eat, dress, and perform similar self-care activities?
    • Have they had seizures?
Fig - Electroencephalogram

Neurological exam
Physical examination may include a detailed neurological examination. Recent, intermediate, and long-term memory will be tested.

Neurological Test and Memory Loss
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include the following:

  • Computed Tomography (CT scan)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation
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