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Editorial
. 2013 Dec;13(6):354-6.
doi: 10.1136/practneurol-2013-000689.

Test Them All; An Easily Diagnosed and Readily Treatable Cause of Dementia With Life-Threatening Consequences if Missed

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Test Them All; An Easily Diagnosed and Readily Treatable Cause of Dementia With Life-Threatening Consequences if Missed

Sam Nightingale et al. Pract Neurol. .
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Keywords: AIDS; COGNITION; INFECTIOUS DISEASES; MEMORY.

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Figure 1
Left: technetium-99m-HMPAO SPECT scan showing multifocal subcortical uptake in a patient with dementia due to undiagnosed HIV infection. This sophisticated technique failed to identify the underlying cause. Right: Cheap and reliable: HIV rapid antibody finger-prick card tests (2 bands=positive, 1 band=negative). Most UK clinics use a laboratory-based test combining HIV antibody and the p24 antigen, costing as little as £8.

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