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I don't understand how to distinguish between Alzheimer's and vascular dementia?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: The course of these

Dementias is quite different as are the causes and treatments.
Vascular dementia exhibits a stepwise course while alzheimer's is characterized by a slow and steady progression of memory loss.

In brief: The course of these

Dementias is quite different as are the causes and treatments.
Vascular dementia exhibits a stepwise course while alzheimer's is characterized by a slow and steady progression of memory loss.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

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
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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