Comparative analysis of mortality in patients with Alzheimer's disease treated with donepezil and galantamine.


able to make a firm diagnosis and commence anti-convulsant therapy. On reviewing the literature, we were unable to find any other reports of mobile phone evidence being presented to geriatricians by patients, or relatives, which have aided diagnosis. The most similar report we found was that of a rheumatologist being given a video phone clip demonstrating an urticarial rash in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) [1]. Surprisingly, we found no reports of patients showing dermatologists images of rashes. However, video phones have been used in some small studies to transmit clinical photographs or radiological investigations. Perhaps most applicable to geriatrics, so far, was a small study using video phones to transmit images of leg ulcers for assessment by remote clinicians [2]. Mobile phone technology has also been used to transmit ECG data and video footage of ambulance patients in transit to formulate an initial diagnosis and prioritise review on arrival [3]. Descriptions of ‘fits, faints and funny turns’ are vital in diagnosis. Video phone clips showing such incidents may be increasingly provided as evidence by relatives at follow-up as the technology has become more commonplace. However, mobile phones are increasingly used to send radiological, cardiological or clinical images between clinicians, allowing opinions, and thus care, to be timelier.

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@article{Capell2007ComparativeAO, title={Comparative analysis of mortality in patients with Alzheimer's disease treated with donepezil and galantamine.}, author={Dolors Capell{\`a} and Xavier Krauel Vidal}, journal={Age and ageing}, year={2007}, volume={36 2}, pages={234; author reply 235} }