What is the course of Alzheimer’s disease?
The rate at which the disease progresses differs from person to person.
However, the disease eventually leads to total reliance and death, which is frequently caused by another ailment such as pneumonia. Alzheimer’s disease can cause a person to live anywhere from three to twenty years, with the average being seven to 10 years.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and how can you know if you have it?
There is no single test for Alzheimer’s disease currently available. Only after extensive clinical consultation is a diagnosis made.
The following are examples of clinical diagnoses:
⦁ A comprehensive medical history
⦁ A complete physical and neurological exam
⦁ An assessment of mental ability
⦁ Psychiatric evaluation
⦁ A neuropsychological examination
⦁ Tests of blood and urine
⦁ Cerebral spinal fluid testing with lumbar puncture
⦁ Imaging for medical purposes (MRI, PET)
Other illnesses with similar symptoms, such as nutritional deficits or depression, will be ruled out with these testing. If the symptoms and indicators are suitable, a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be made with roughly 80% to 90% accuracy after ruling out other possibilities. The diagnosis can only be confirmed after death through a brain tissue examination.
It’s critical to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible to see if the symptoms are caused by something other than Alzheimer’s disease. Medical treatment and other support can be addressed if Alzheimer’s disease is confirmed.