Screening for Alzheimer Disease
by Michelle Badash, MS
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually done for people without any current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
Screening Tests or Guidelines
There are several tests that doctors may use to screen for Alzheimer disease. Examples include:
Genetic testing is available, but it is not routinely used in most people. It may be done in those with a family history of early-onset Alzheimer. Researchers are also studying whether specialized imaging tests would be helpful in screening for Alzheimer disease. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) evaluation via a lumbar puncture may play a role in the diagnosis of Alzheimer disease.
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