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Letters Suspected early dementia

Issues around early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 18 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6613
  1. Peter J Gordon, consultant old age psychiatrist1,
  2. Sian F Gordon, general practitioner2
  1. 1Clackmannan Community Healthcare Centre, Sauchie, Alloa, Clackmannanshire FK10 3JQ, UK
  2. 2Graeme Medical Centre, Falkirk, Stirlingshire FK2 7HR, UK
  1. petergordon{at}

At the same time as neuroscience research has focused on biomarkers for the “pre-clinical” detection of Alzheimer’s disease,1 early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia has been encouraged through techniques such as neuroimaging2 because diagnosis of dementia is often delayed. “AD” is often used interchangeably for Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s dementia, …

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