Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, Spain have uncovered a sad truth about early onset Alzheimer's disease - that more than half of those who develop it are misdiagnosed because they exhibit symptoms not customarily associated with Alzheimer's.
Symptoms like vision problems, inability to complete tasks, behavior, sudden mood changes, or language problems...  “People who develop early-onset Alzheimer’s disease often experience these atypical symptoms rather than memory problems, which can make getting an accurate diagnosis difficult,” study researcher Albert Llado, MD, PhD, said.
The researchers reviewed the cases of 40 persons, aged 40 to 60,  whose brains at autopsy showed they had Alzheimer's disease.  After reviewing the medical history of these persons, they learned that of those with confirmed early Alzheimer's disease, about 38 percent appeared with symptoms other than memory loss and 53 percent were initially misdiagnosed as having other disorders, such as behavioral variant frontotemporal lobar degeneration, normal pressure hydrocephalus, semantic dementia, primary progressive aphasia, corticobasal degeneration, pseudodementia with depression, and unclassifiable dementia.
Only 4 percent of those with memory problems were misdiagnosed. 
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