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Vol. 9, No. 1, 1990
Issue release date: 1990
Section title: Original Paper
Neuroepidemiology 1990;9:27–38
(DOI:10.1159/000110749)

Neurological Examination in Subjects over 65 Years: An Epidemiological Survey

Benassi G. · D'Alessandro R. · Gallassi R. · Morreale A. · Lugaresi E.
Institute of Neurology, University of Bologna, Italy

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 3/6/1990

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0251-5350 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0208 (Online)

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Abstract

The frequency of abnormal findings at neurological examination was analyzed in an unselected sample of elderly people aged 67–87 years. Absent deep tendon reflexes and impairment of proprioceptive sensation rarely occurred in the elderly. Limitation of upward gaze and convergence appear a common finding, especially in the very old. Overall, the presence of cortical disinhibition signs (primitive reflexes and paratonia) did not discriminate well between subjects without CNS disease and demented patients. Only the presence of a prominent and persistent response to the stimulus and the number of cortical disinhibition signs found in the same subject appear useful criteria to distinguish between normality and dementia.


  

Author Contacts

Giulia Benassi, MD, Clinica Neurologica, Via U. Foscolo 7, I–40123 Bologna (Italy)

  

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Number of Print Pages : 12

  

Publication Details

Neuroepidemiology

Vol. 9, No. 1, Year 1990 (Cover Date: 1990)

Journal Editor: Román, G.C. (San Antonio, Tex.)
ISSN: 0251–5350 (print), 1423–0208 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NED


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 3/6/1990

Number of Print Pages: 12
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0251-5350 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0208 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NED


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