Alzheimer’s Diagnoses May Be Right Only Half The Time

Posted On : October 25, 2014,   Time : 4:32 pm

“Dementia” is one of the most feared words to come out of a doctor’s mouth. It can mean Alzheimer’s disease or some other loss of cognitive functioning that can devastate you or a loved one.

But what if you or that loved one is actually suffering from a far less serious affliction?
alzhiemersAccording to the New York Times, that can happen with regularity. There are a variety of disorders that mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer’s but is often far more treatable. “It probably happens more often than people realize,” said Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., a neuroscientist at Duke University Medical Center. According to Dr. Doraiswamy, an Alzheimer’s diagnosis may be accurate only 50 percent of the time.

Among the conditions that can present symptoms similar to dementia: alcoholism, chronic depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, a thyroid condition, or a blow to the head from a fall. Hundreds of prescription drugs can also cause users to have memory loss and confusion.

The patient can also have a form of non-Alzheimer’s dementia, but there may be treatment options available to slow its progression.

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Read the New York Times article here.

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