Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed after other
conditions are ruled out. Your doctor will use a variety of tests to do this.
is helpful to have a family member or someone in close contact with the person
present at the appointment. A family member may be able to provide the best
information about how a person's day-to-day functioning, memory, and
personality have changed.
It is possible that the main title of the report Alzheimer's Disease is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Lab tests may be done to rule out other possible causes of a person's
symptoms, such as levels of certain minerals or chemicals in the blood, liver disease, abnormal thyroid levels, or nutritional
problems, such as folate or vitamin B12 deficiencies. Treatment for these
conditions may slow or reverse mental decline.
In some cases, examining the brain after death is done if the family wants to confirm
that the person had Alzheimer's disease.
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October 29, 2012
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