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Description of the Symptom

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This chapter describes pathology that may lead to problems with cognition, communication, and behavior. These types of problems are often observed together with central nervous system pathology. Disturbances of cognition include difficulty with problem solving and making sound judgments, organizing information, and memory. Cognitive problems can range from difficulty attending to a task to being in a comatose state.

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Special Concerns

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  • Problems with cognition, communication, or behavior of sudden onset or rapid progression

  • Any problems that occur after trauma or are present during or soon after a viral or bacterial infection that have not yet been discussed with a physician

  • Problems with behavior that cause potential harm to the patient or others

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CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Problems with Cognition, Communication, and Behavior

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