Diagnostic Criteria

The overlapping symptoms of multiple neurological disorders make diagnosis very difficult. This explains why 50% of diagnoses by neurologists are wrong. Still, organization like the NIH define diagnostic criteria, including “core criteria” (mandatory criteria), symptoms that make the disease probable or possible, and exclusion criteria (that, if present, rule out the diagnosis).

Disorder Inclusion Criteria Include…
Lewy Body Dementia
Dementia, Fluctuating Cognition, Visual Hallucinations, Parkinsonism Click here for the full list.
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Gradually progressive disorder; Onset at age 40 or later; Vertical supranuclear palsy and prominent postural instability with falls in the first year of disease onset. Click here for the full list.
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Autonomic failure involving urinary incontinence (inability to control the release of urine from the bladder, with erectile dysfunction in males) or an orthostatic decrease of blood pressure… Click here for the full list.
Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) Criteria Changed Recently. This Section Will Be Updated Soon. Click here for the full list.