Mutism in the Older Adult

Nages Nagaratnam, MD, FRCP, FRACP, FRCPA, FACC; Gowrie Pavan, MBBS, FRAGP

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Geriatrics and Aging. 2005;8(8):61-68. 

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Clinical Considerations

There is marked heterogeneity among patients with mutism, which raises the possibility of such varied conditions as advanced Alzheimer's disease, Pick's disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. It may also complicate certain psychiatric disorders including catatonic schizophrenia, severe depression, and conversion reaction. Mutism can be both a syndrome and a symptom, and is often associated with akinesia.

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