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How Does One Find Out The Type Of Alzheimer's One Has?

How Does One Find Out The Type Of Alzheimer's One Has?

I didn't know there was a way to find out the type of Alzheimer's prior to an autopsy. What has been developed to changed this for a more specific diagnosis?

A myALZteam Member said:

My dad's diagnosis was made very specific through an MRI.

posted over 5 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

My mother had an MRI done by her neurologist and we all looked at the pictures and so that it was fronto-lobal dementia, behavior part of the brain....

posted over 5 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Hi @A myALZteam Member, a diagnosis is made by a doctor. An MRI is one way, others include Testing by a Clinical Nueropsychologist. A diagnosis is extremely important because many other conditions can mimic Alzheimers eg a hyperactive parathyroid can cause temporary memory loss due to high calcium levels in the blood. So the place to start is the doctor. There are many types of Dementia of which Alzheimers is one. Vascular dementia is another, Medication will more likely depend on the way the person is affected by the disease rather than the stage they are at.

edited, originally posted over 5 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

There are different types of Dementia, Alzheimer's is one of them, they recognize it by the formation of plaques on the nerve cells that damage the connections and cause confusion and memory loss. It would be beneficial to know which type of Dementia they have for getting the right type of meds. There are seven stages of Alzheimer's, diagnosing it early is the key to slowing down the progression with the right medication.

posted over 5 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

schedule an appointment with a neurologist and they an give your loved one or the person you are caring for to see if and what stage they are in..

posted over 5 years ago
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