The current diagnosis of
early-onset Alzheimer disease relies on finding the signs of mental decline noted
Your healthcare provider can then diagnose Alzheimer disease with a few tests.
First, your healthcare provider
asks about your health history. They also do cognitive tests of memory, problem solving,
and other mental skills. Depending on the results of the office-based cognitive testing,
your provider may also request that you have more detailed testing done with a
neuropsychologist. Your provider might also test your blood, urine, and spinal fluid.
You may also need certain imaging test such as CT and MRI scans of your brain. These
give your provider a closer look at brain tissue to show how much damage there is.
In the future, researchers hope that studies on biomarkers will allow experts to diagnose
the disease more quickly. Biomarkers are proteins in the body, or other types of markers,
that reliably indicate the progress of a disease.