ERIC Number: EJ816460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Down Syndrome in the Neurology Clinic: Too Much? Too Little? Too Late?
Larner, Andrew J.
Down Syndrome Research and Practice, v12 n1 p69-71 Jul 2007
This paper presents a review of all patients with Down syndrome seen over a 5-year period by one consultant neurologist in general outpatient and specialist cognitive function clinics. It revealed only 7 cases in greater than 4500 general referrals (= 0.2%), all referred with suspected seizure disorders. The diagnosis of epilepsy was confirmed in 6 patients. Only one new, comorbid, diagnosis was made. Neurologists have little exposure to, and hence little chance to develop expertise in, the neurological complications of Down syndrome. It is suggested that closer liaison between neurologists and psychiatrists with an interest in learning disability might improve the management of neurological problems in patients with Down syndrome. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Seizures, Down Syndrome, Neurology, Patients, Clinics, Epilepsy, Clinical Diagnosis, Neurological Organization, Referral, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom