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Dementia Alzheimer's type

Definition: A degenerative disease of the BRAIN characterized by the insidious onset of DEMENTIA. Impairment of MEMORY, judgment, attention span, and problem solving skills are followed by severe APRAXIAS and a global loss of cognitive abilities. The condition primarily occurs after age 60, and is marked pathologically by severe cortical atrophy and the triad of SENILE PLAQUES; NEUROFIBRILLARY TANGLES; and NEUROPIL THREADS. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp1049-57)

Synonyms (terms occurring on more labels are shown first): Alzheimer's disease, dementia of the Alzheimer's type, Alzheimer's dementia, Alzheimer' s dementia, dementia of the Alzheimer type, dementia Alzheimer's type

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