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Is There a Definitive Test for Alzheimer's?

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 10:35 AM

Question: My father has been having memory lapses that are sometimes severe (he forgot my sister’s name a few weeks ago). Is there any test that can be done to diagnose Alzheimer’s? I’ve heard those tests can only be done after a person dies.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:  
 
Alzheimer’s disease usually leads to a slow and progressive loss of function. Memory lapses are only a part of the spectrum of problems that occur, so they may or may not indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s.
 
There is no blood test for Alzheimer's disease, but there are excellent screening tests available for your doctor to administer in the office to help confirm the diagnosis.

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