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The dexamethasone suppression test in dementia

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalThe Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1987
Externally publishedYes


The dexamethasone suppression test (DST) was performed on 13 patients with multi-infarct dementia (MID), 5 patients with primary degenerative dementia (PDD) and 18 elderly controls. Abnormal lack of suppression was found in 7 demented patients (3 with PDD, 1 mild and 2 severe, and 4 with MID, 1 mild and 3 severe), and in 2 of the controls. Only one demented patient was depressed. The value of DST in the differential diagnosis of dementia from the major depressive disorders is discussed.

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