Which physical findings are characteristic of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)?

Updated: Apr 22, 2019
  • Author: Sonal Mehta, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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No feature of the general physical examination is characteristic of MCI. Nevertheless, a thorough physical examination should be performed as part of the general evaluation in an effort to determine whether any conditions capable of causing MCI (eg, thyroid disease, cobalamin deficiency, or venereal disease) are present and whether there are any sensory and motor deficits that could explain or compound the symptoms. Mental status examination is also important for documenting the degree of cognitive dysfunction.


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