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How do you distinguish between vascular dementia and alzheimers?
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not easy
Clinically, alzheimer's tends to be a smooth decline over time, while vascular dementia declines in steps, as small regions of the brain lose function.
Neuropsychological testing may lend evidence for, but not prove, one cause or the other. A definitive diagnosis can only be made by brain biopsy (which is rarely done), or at autopsy.

In brief: Not easy
Clinically, alzheimer's tends to be a smooth decline over time, while vascular dementia declines in steps, as small regions of the brain lose function.
Neuropsychological testing may lend evidence for, but not prove, one cause or the other. A definitive diagnosis can only be made by brain biopsy (which is rarely done), or at autopsy.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: PET scan
There is no easy way to distinguish but a pet scan can be helpful to make a diagnosis.

In brief: PET scan
There is no easy way to distinguish but a pet scan can be helpful to make a diagnosis.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
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