Memory is critical for normal life. Just rethink the last time you forgot something and how does memory work and how do
you explain it to patients? Here is a short video that may help to understand it better.
Next challenge for us as doctors are how to we assess memory and cognition. A lot of work has been done in Alzheimer’s
disease and I found the new toolbox they have create an interesting concept. I think it use maybe wider so if you want to
look at it here:
When you start looking for lists of conditions with memory loss we find all the usual suspects but the rare disorders are frequently omitted and forgotten.
We have a lot of work to do to remind our colleagues that there are many rare disorders where memory is impaired and below is just a few.
- Wilsons disease
- Niemann Pick type C
- Lesch Nyhan disease
- Sanfilippo disease and other Mucopolysacharidoses
- X linked adreunoleucodystrophy
- Refsum disease
- Metachromtaic dystrophy
So the next time you see someone with memory impairment do consider if it is progressive, associated with other features and don’t forget about the rare.