Mild Cognitive Impairment
The causes are not clear. It may be caused by early brain changes of dementia or Alzheimer disease.
Symptoms may be:
- Lack of emotion
- Getting upset easily
- Problems making decisions
- Forgetting how to do tasks
The doctor will ask about symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done. Cognitive tests will also be done. The doctor may also talk with family members and caregivers.
More tests may be done to confirm the diagnosis. For example:
- Blood tests may be done to look for genetic mutations.
- A lumbar puncture may also be done to check the fluid around the brain and spine.
- Images may be taken of the brain. This can be done with an MRI or CT scan .
Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms. Healthy habits can ease impact of symptoms. Steps may include:
- Cognitive training to improve memory and function
- Getting light exercise
- Eating a healthful diet that includes fish
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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