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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.


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