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Dementia may affect 18 319 people under the age of 65 in the UK

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Q What is the prevalence of dementia in people under 65 years old in the UK?

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Cross sectional study.

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Three boroughs in London; time period of survey not specified.

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567 500 residents of the catchment area.

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Medical and care professionals were contacted and asked to report confirmed and suspected cases of early onset dementia under their care on a given “census” day. Databases and registers from the four main hospitals were searched for relevant cases with appropriate ICD-9/10 diagnoses. All available hospital and general practioner notes for reported cases were obtained and reviewed. Where possible, cause of dementia was ascertained from genetic diagnosis, …

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