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G7 A review of neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric symptom emergence in a long-term setting; what can we learn about symptom management?
  1. Andrea Higgins1,2,
  2. Jennifer Hoblyn1,3
  1. 1Bloomfield Hospital, Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin, Ireland

Abstract

Patients with Huntington’s disease (HD) can present with a variety of symptoms and progression of same over time. For patients in a long-term neuropsychiatric setting, the emergence and interaction of these symptoms can present as a clinical challenge. This study reviews the emergence and progression of neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric symptoms in a group of thirteen patients who are or have been resident in our hospital over a combined period of six years. Five patients were reviewed posthumously via chart review. The remaining patients continued in their long term admissions and were reviewed via chart review and updated clinical review by the authors. Where available, clinical imaging data was also used to assess organic deterioration over time. The progression of neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric symptoms was charted for each patient, within the remit of available data; patterns of deterioration and treatment of same are discussed.

  • Symptom Management
  • Long-term Care

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