Early Alzheimer's Symptoms

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Memory loss may not be the only sign of early onset of Alzheimers disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses early Alzheimers symptoms in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

More than one-third of people who develop early-onset Alzheimers disease may experience initial symptoms such as behavior, language or vision problems rather than memory loss.

Researchers in Spain say more than half of people who develop Alzheimers before age 60 are initially misdiagnosed because they exhibit problems other than the memory loss that doctors normally check for.

The scientists reviewed the cases of 40 people whose brainsstudied after autopsyshowed they had Alzheimers disease. The people ranged in age from 46 to 60.

About 38 percent of the people with confirmed early-onset Alzheimers showed symptoms other than memory problems, researchers report.

These included a decline in the ability to carry out tasks or problems with behavior, vision or language.

In the people with the unusual or atypical symptoms and no memory problems, 53 percent had been incorrectly diagnosed when first seen by a doctor. Only 4 percent of those with memory problems had been incorrectly diagnosed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.