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Alzheimer's Disease and Personality Changes

Drawbacks: Overdiagnosis in Alzheimer's Disease

Drawbacks: Overdiagnosis

One particular cause for concern by other AD experts is in the potential for over-diagnosis, thus resulting in unnecessary tests and overspending. Dr. Kenneth Langa, professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, responded, “There’s the potential benefit of early diagnosis, identifying people more likely to decline. The flip side is overdiagnosis, labeling someone and getting people in the clinical cascade, where you start doing the test and people start doing more brain imaging and being at the doctor’s more and getting more concerned. If it becomes a routine practice, that’s a huge amount of dollars.” Yet, other experts say the benefits outweigh the risks involved and the early symptoms of AD should not be ignored, as they can help to better understand the disease.