Memory

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:

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/sites/default/files/migrate/downloads/alzheimers_society_cognitive_assessment_toolkit.pdf

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.

  1. Wilsons disease
  2. Niemann Pick type C
  3. Porphyria
  4. Lesch Nyhan disease
  5. Sanfilippo disease and other Mucopolysacharidoses
  6. X linked adreunoleucodystrophy
  7. Refsum disease
  8. 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.

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