Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis – 2 Out Of 10 Patients I See Are Misdiagnosed
2 Out Of 10 Patients I See Have Been Misdiagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease
Fundamentally the question that everyone has when they come to the doctor is, “Doctor, can you help me? Can you help me?” What is your concern? Do you have Alzheimer’s disease in this case? I’ve been told that you have Alzheimer’s. Have you been told by friends that you’re having significant difficulty with your memory? “How can you help me, doctor?”
Now, typically when you go to the physician hopefully you’ll have a comprehensive history and physical to really get to the bottom of the problem, but too often people that I encounter their doctors are very busy. They have a high volume office; so when a patient mentions they have some memory problems the doctor might do a five-minute little memory test. (Remember these three things, draw a clock, that kind of thing and hand them a prescription).
We Can Ensure Your Receive A Proper Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
I can’t tell you how often this has occurred where no in-depth evaluation has actually taken place. So, how can I help you?
- The first thing I want you to know is that as a physician, we’re gonna take the time to figure out what’s going on. We’re gonna do the tests that need to be done, detailed comprehensive cutting-edge tests. Some of which are not in wide use that they’re being used in research, but haven’t entered into the daily clinical routine. So, I want you to know that we are using cutting-edge approaches.
- The other thing is that there’s a percentage of people who come and see me and they’re genuinely concerned about their memory, they have a problem with their memory, but I would say out of 10 people that come and see me maybe two, in fact, do not have Alzheimer’s disease, they have something else going on. So, it’s very easy to label someone with Alzheimer’s disease, a devastating diagnosis. Let’s make sure that it’s an accurate diagnosis. That’s another way we can help you.