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

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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.

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