The underlying cause must be identified and any available therapy directed toward the primary disease process.
Disposition depends on the final diagnostic formulation and a risk assessment of likely progression of process and patient safety. At most centers, a suspicion of a mass lesion will have been addressed by the performance of a neuroimaging study, likely computed tomography because of availability, prior to any disposition decision.
Gait failure in the elderly is of specific concern, and the safety of patients must always be considered. Patients unable to walk or care for themselves should be admitted for supportive care. If the clinical course is one of slowly progressive impairment of gait or ataxia, then outpatient referral to the primary care physician or neurologist may be the proper course.
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