Associated Conditions for Alzheimer's Disease
Excerpts on associated medical conditions for Alzheimer's Disease:
Patients with dementia and AD suffer from multiple comorbid medical
illnesses, typical of older people. AD patients are much more vulnerable to the
effects of co-morbid medical illness than older people without dementia. For
example, when ill with a mild urinary tract infection, a typical AD patient
might develop rapid decline in memory and oppositional or aggressive behaviors
and be less able to participate in daily living activities. AD patients have
longer hospital stays, take longer to recover from surgery, and develop adverse
reactions to medication more often than older people without dementia. This
comorbidity leads to additional impairments in quality of life, greatly burdens
caregivers, and is associated with increased use of health care services and
frequent hospitalizations. (Source: excerpt from NIA's Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease, 1998: NIA
List of associated medical conditions for Alzheimer's Disease:
The list of conditions mentioned by various sources
as associated with Alzheimer's Disease includes:
- Adverse medication reactions
About associated conditions for Alzheimer's Disease:
Associated conditions are those which appear
statistically related, but do not have
a clear cause or effect relationship.
Whereas the complications
are caused by Alzheimer's Disease,
and underlying causes
may be causes of Alzheimer's Disease,
the following list shows associated conditions
that simply appear with higher frequency in people
who have Alzheimer's Disease.
In some cases, there may be overlap
between this list and risk factors
for Alzheimer's Disease.
People with Alzheimer's Disease may be more likely to
get a condition on the list of associated conditions,
or the reverse may be true, or both.
Whether they are causes of, caused by, or simply
coincidentally related to Alzheimer's Disease
is not always clear.
For general information,
see Associated Condition Misdiagnosis.