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Alzheimer's Disease

Description

Alheimer’s disease is a degenerative organic mental disease characterized by progressive brain deterioration and dementia; usually occurring after age 65. The diagnosis is made on clinical grounds after ruling out treatable disorders with similar characteristics.

Causes

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown. Toxic beta-amyloid deposits in neuritic plaques and arteriolar walls appear critical to pathogenesis. The beta-amyloid precursor gene is localized to chromosome 21.
Several mechanisms have been proposed, including: slow virus, metals (aluminum), acceleration in normal aging, and autoimmune attack.
Risk factors include: Aging, Head trauma, Low education level, Down syndrome, Positive family history, and Inheritance of the E4 allele of apolipoprotein E gene on chromosome 19.

Conventional Labs

Conventional lab tests are used to help rule out other causes of dementia: CBC, Chemistry panel, Thyroid function studies, Folate and B-12 levels, VDRL, Urinalysis, ECG (atrial fibrillation), and HIV antibody (in selected cases).

 

 

 

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