Frequently asked questions : Prodromal Alzheimer’s
What is Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease?
Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease is the very early form of Alzheimer’s when memory is deteriorating but a person remains functionally independent.
How is Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed?
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.
Why is there so much interest in Prodromal Alzheimer’s disease?
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.