This talk will be an overview of common neurological conditions primarily encountered in the outpatient setting. Topic covered will include headaches, dizziness, peripheral neuropathy, seizure, syncope, and tremor. The talk will include up to date information with special emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. Also included will be thoughts on when to consult with a neurologist.
This activity focuses on the discussion of assessment of cognitive impairment in the elderly. Dr. Olsen will include assessment tools, and the distinction between dementia, delirium and depression. He will explain how to differentiate the signs of mild cognitive impairment and make capacity determinations and finally, he will review AMA’s consideration of competency for physicians over 65.
This presentation will review the symptoms of a transient ischemic attack (TIA). The new definition of TIA will be reviewed. Diagnostic imaging options for patients with TIA will be covered. The role of antithrombotic therapy for stroke prevention will be discussed. The role and timing of carotid revascularization will be reviewed. Finally, use of statins and antihypertensives in this population will be discussed.
In this innovative and engaging keynote lecture, Dr. Salvatore Mangione discusses the right brain versus the left brain mode of engagement and how the right brain can inform clinical medicine by engaging the powers of creativity and observation that are often ignored in the dry, rational world of modern medical practice.
In this activity, Thomas Bleck, MD, reviews the diagnosis and non-surgical management of subarachnoid hemorrhage from the primary care perspective. Dr. Bleck discusses several critical care issues in the management of aneurysm, including risk for rebleeding, neurogenic pulmonary edema, vasospasm, and cerebral salt wasting.
Dr. Dumanian demonstrates a standard hand exam in this activity to help primary care physicians recognize carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). With the help of a live hand model, he shows the step by step procedure to conduct a hand exam and spot any abnormalities such as CTS and other signs of nerve dysfunction, tendonitis and hand arthritis.
This lecture will review the most efficient means of assessing cognitive impairment, common issues in caring for the older adult with cognitive impairment, and pharmacologic/ non-pharmacologic means of treating patients. Participants will receive updates on what medications are useless/useful and what testing should be avoided. This lecture will also discuss future options and prognosis for patients with cognitive impairment.
Sport related concussions and repetitive brain injury are a significant medical issue that can result in cognitive, emotional, and functional disability. The presentation will focus on the current, up to date understanding of concussion mechanism, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Office based approach to the diagnosis and monitoring of concussions along with a multi-disciplinary approach to post-concussion syndrome will be highlighted. The role of imaging, medication therapy, vestibular rehab, visual rehab, neuropsychological testing, and appropriate referral will be addressed along with return to work and school protocols.
Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are the two most common neurodegenerative disorders, affecting over 6 million people in the U.S. Like nearly all of this class of disorders, these two conditions are due to the misfolding and accumulation of proteins in the central nervous system. This new way of viewing these conditions, as protein misfolding disorders, will be presented. We will review amyloid, tau and alpha-synuclein, the proteins that build up respectively in plaques, tangles and lewy bodies. We’ll review currently available therapies and the therapies that are being developed to more directly attack these disorders and hopefully modify the course of the disease.
This talk will comprehensively overview presenting features of dizziness in a typical primary care practice. Using history and the physical exam, the speaker will flush out the differential diagnosis from among the four major causes of dizziness. Participants will receive an in-depth look at the benign causes that can be diagnosed in the clinic and the more concerning causes that warrant urgent neurologic evaluation.
This activity will cover the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) including diagnostic criteria and clinical symptoms of early, moderate and advanced PD. The differential diagnosis of PD will be discussed with particular attention given to distinguishing PD from atypical parkinsonian syndromes and essential tremor. Management strategies will be highlighted for the parkinsonian conditions discussed.