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Functional cognitive disorder: what is it and what to do about it?
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    Reply from Pennington et al.

    We welcome debate around this emerging condition. We all recognise a situation when as clinicians we have had a strong feeling that a patient has a functional complaint from early on in the consultation. However, the differential diagnosis for Functional Cognitive Disorder is neurodegenerative dementia which itself affects behaviour and personality and could, therefore, influence many of the cues clinicians pick up on wh...

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    Re: Pennington et al. Functional cognitive disorder: what is it and what to do about it?

    Pennington and colleagues review of Functional Cognitive Disorder (FCD) [1] is very welcome to guide practice in a complex condition that is presenting increasingly to general and cognitive neurology clinics. However, in our view Pennington's presumption towards specialist assessment, investigation and surveillance is unnecessary and misses an opportunity to provide patients with a prompt diagnosis, explanation and reas...

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    A case of functional cognitive disorder with acute onset?

    While reading Pennington et al's (2015) article on Functional Cognitive Disorder, I was struck by the similarity between their descriptions and a patient seen in clinic (patient X), with the exception that X's symptoms appeared over the course of a few days with no identifiable precipitating event. Extensive physical tests and brain imaging investigations were carried out and no organic disease was found yet symptoms we...

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