Neuropsychiatric Symptoms Complicating the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease: A Case Report

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Abstract

Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) are increasingly recognized as a core element of Alzheimer's disease (AD); however, clinicians still consider AD primarily as a cognitive disorder. We describe a case in which the underrecognition of NPS as part of AD resulted in substantial delay of an AD diagnosis, a wrong psychiatric diagnosis, and the organization of inappropriate care. The aim of this paper is to acknowledge NPS as an (early) manifestation of AD and to suggest features that may point toward underlying AD in older adults with late-life behavioral changes.

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Authors
  • Willem S. Eikelboom
  • Jeroen G.J. Van Rooij
  • Esther Van Den Berg
  • Michiel Coesmans
  • Lize C. Jiskoot
  • Ellen Singleton
  • Rik Ossenkoppele
  • John C. Van Swieten
  • Harro Seelaar
  • Janne M. Papma
Organisations
External organisations
  • Erasmus University Medical Center
  • VU University Medical Center
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Neurology

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease, behavior, dementia, diagnosis, neuropsychiatry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1363-1369
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Volume66
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes