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How do doctors test for alzheimers?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
7 doctors agree

In brief: History and tests

Taking a thorough history of functioning, changes in abilities and doing cognitive screens.
It is also important to rule out other issues that could cause similar symptoms. Areas to be tested inlude attention, memory, understanding and using language, generating information, problem solving, visual spatial skills.

In brief: History and tests

Taking a thorough history of functioning, changes in abilities and doing cognitive screens.
It is also important to rule out other issues that could cause similar symptoms. Areas to be tested inlude attention, memory, understanding and using language, generating information, problem solving, visual spatial skills.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Jeff Seaman
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Few do

It is a clinical diagnosis.
Accuracy can be improved with neuropsych testing, CSF levels of amyloidB42/tau/hyperphos-Tau, or FDG-PET / radio-ligand PET (FDA approved but medicare wont pay).

In brief: Few do

It is a clinical diagnosis.
Accuracy can be improved with neuropsych testing, CSF levels of amyloidB42/tau/hyperphos-Tau, or FDG-PET / radio-ligand PET (FDA approved but medicare wont pay).
Dr. Jeff Seaman
Dr. Jeff Seaman
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Dr. Joshua Sonnen
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Future tests

Currently there is no blood test for alzheimer disease.
In the research setting, physicians and scientists have developed tests that can diagnose alzheimer disease using cerebrospinal fluid. There are also experimental radiologic studies that can detect early alzheimer changes. Although these tests are experimental today, they should become available in the near future.

In brief: Future tests

Currently there is no blood test for alzheimer disease.
In the research setting, physicians and scientists have developed tests that can diagnose alzheimer disease using cerebrospinal fluid. There are also experimental radiologic studies that can detect early alzheimer changes. Although these tests are experimental today, they should become available in the near future.
Dr. Joshua Sonnen
Dr. Joshua Sonnen
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Dr. Jeff Seaman
FDA approved back in 2012, but medicare declined coverage for now
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