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Spanish hospital offers genetic test for familial Alzheimer's

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 22 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1478
  1. Paul Rigg
  1. Madrid

    A clinic in Spain is offering a genetic testing and follow up service for patients who think that they are at risk of developing early onset, familial Alzheimer's disease.

    The Clinic of Barcelona Hospital offers the service to people from families considered at risk, in which three people, over two generations, have developed the disease. They test for mutations on chromosome 14, 1, and 21. If the test is positive, the patient is likely to develop the disease before the age of 60.

    The fact that doctors …

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