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Dementia Pugilistica F057

Last amended 
30 June 2015
Current RMA Instruments:
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP
11 of 2012
Balance of Probabilities SOP
12 of 2012
Changes from Previous Instruments:

SOP Bulletin 156

ICD Coding:
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 294.1
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: F02.8
Is specific diagnostic evidence required to apply the SOP?No. 

However, this diagnosis should preferably be confirmed by a specialist neurologist.

Are there sub-factors that require specific information? – No.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • "slap-happy syndrome"
  • "punch drunk syndrome"
  • chronic progressive traumatic encephalopathy of boxers
Conditions not covered by SOP
  • Any type of dementia other than dementia pugilistica
  • Parkinsonism, ICD code 332.0, 332.1
Unconfirmed diagnosis

If, after applying the above information, you are unable to confirm the diagnosis, you should then:

  1. seek medical officer advice about further investigation, or;
  2. re-encode the condition, if appropriate.

The following investigations may be useful in establishing the diagnosis.

  • A report from a neurologist