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What is Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease?

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Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease is the very early form of Alzheimer’s when memory is deteriorating but a person remains functionally independent.

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How is Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed?

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A person must have memory impairment (mild cognitive impairment) but also have a positive biomarker test.  The biomarker tests can be a protein that is measured in spinal fluid or a new type of scan (PET scan) that can detect the amyloid protein that accumulates in the brain in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Why is there so much interest in Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease?

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The purpose of identifying people with this very early stage of Alzheimer’s disease allows the opportunity for early intervention, for example to discover if a vaccine can prevent the condition deteriorating.