Sep 11, 2009

The neuropathology of probable Alzheimer disease and mild cognitive impairment

Annals of Neurology
Julie A SchneiderDavid A Bennett


Mixed pathologies are common in older persons with dementia. Little is known about mixed pathologies in probable Alzheimer disease (AD) and about the spectrum of neuropathology in mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The objective of this study was to investigate single and mixed common age-related neuropathologies in persons with probable AD and MCI. The study included 483 autopsied participants from the Religious Orders Study and the Rush Memory and Aging Project with probable AD (National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke-Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association criteria), MCI (amnestic and nonamnestic), or no cognitive impairment. We excluded 41 persons with clinically possible AD and 14 with other dementias. We documented the neuropathology of AD (National Institute on Aging-Reagan criteria), macroscopic cerebral infarcts, and neocortical Lewy body (LB) disease. Of 179 persons (average age, 86.9 years) with probable AD, 87.7% had pathologically confirmed AD, and 45.8% had mixed pathologies, most commonly AD with macroscopic infarcts (n = 54), followed by AD with neocortical LB disease (n = 19) and both (n = 8). Of the 134 persons with MCI, 54.4% had pathologically diagnosed AD (58.7%...Continue Reading

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Familial Alzheimer Disease (FAD)
Alzheimer's Disease
Odds Ratio
Longitudinal Survey
Lewy Bodies
Mild Cognitive Disorder

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