Multidisciplinary approach to "accidental" falls in the elderly: A case report

Gianluigi Galizia, Gianluca Testa, Francesca Mazzella, Francesco Cacciatore, Andrea Ungar, Giulio Masotti, Franco Rengo, Pasquale Abete

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Abstract

Falls in the elderly are commonly and often wrongly identified as "accidental". We report a case of an elderly woman admitted to first aid for a trauma due to an accidental fall. Geriatric multidisciplinary evaluation revealed mild cognitive impairment associated with depressive symptoms; both findings made the anamnesis uncertain. Syncope algorithm was applied and "tachy-brady form of sick sinus syndrome" was diagnosed. Differential diagnosis between "accidental" and "apparently accidental" falls in elderly patients is very difficult but a multidisciplinary geriatric evaluation can clarify the correct diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-132
Number of pages3
JournalGeriatrics and Gerontology International
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Fall
  • Multidimensional evaluation
  • Syncope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Health(social science)

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