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What are the differences between vascular dementia and alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: The course of illnes

Is one of the major differences.
Vascular dementia shows a stepwise loss of memory and function, while alzheimer's course is slowly progressive.

In brief: The course of illnes

Is one of the major differences.
Vascular dementia shows a stepwise loss of memory and function, while alzheimer's course is slowly progressive.
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not many

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 many

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.
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