Het electroencefalogram bij delier bij dementie (DBD)

Translated title of the contribution: Electroencephalography in delirium superimposed on dementia

Judith I. Hanemaaijer, Viona J.M. Wijnen, W. A. van Gool

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Recognizing delirium superimposed on pre-existing cognitive impairment or dementia, ‘delirium superimposed on dementia’ (DSD), is challenging because signs of delirium might be interpreted as symptoms of pre-existing cognitive dysfunction. In this paper, we review the literature on the role of electrencephalography (EEG) in the differential diagnosis of delirium, dementia and DSD. Conventional EEG, applying twenty to thirty electrodes, taking thirty minutes registration, is not feasible in psychogeriatric patients. Recent studies suggest that it is possible to reliably detect delirium using only a limited number of EEG electrodes for a short period of time. With this, use of EEG in the detection of delirium in patients with cognitive impairment or clinically manifest dementia could be possible.

Translated title of the contributionElectroencephalography in delirium superimposed on dementia
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalTijdschrift voor gerontologie en geriatrie
Issue number4
Early online date2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


  • Assessment
  • Diagnosing
  • Elderly
  • Psychogeriatrics

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