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Variation of Alzheimer’s That Affects Younger Men is Often Misdiagnosed

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A variation of Alzheimer’s may not only go undetected in many cases, but often affects younger men, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. It’s called hippocampal sparing Alzheimer’s. The symptoms of this condition are different than Alzheimer’s disease and it tends to progress faster.

Although this variation of Alzheimer’s affects the hippocampus (part of the brain that involves memory and emotions), many patients don’t experience problems with memory. This could be a contributing factor in patients getting misdiagnosed. Instead, common symptoms include vision difficulties, changes in behavior that might include anger, and a sense that some other force has control over his or her limbs.

Patients who aren’t diagnosed correctly don’t receive the proper kind of treatment. Researchers believe that medication may provide better results for patients with hippocampal sparing Alzheimer’s than it does for those with the common form of Alzheimer’s, according to the researchers.

Findings from the study suggest that out of the 5.2 million people who have Alzheimer’s, about 600,000 may have this variation. Researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing the brains of more than 1,800 patients with Alzheimer’s. They discovered that 11 percent had the variation.

The researchers’ finding that it may affect young men may raise concerns about the progression of hippocampal sparing Alzheimer’s and what it could mean for a younger person in the workforce.

In fact, early-onset Alzheimer’s can prevent a person from continuing to work when the condition becomes debilitating. There are specific criteria that qualifies an Alzheimer’s patient to receive Social Security disability benefits. To learn more about qualifications and how a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s may affect eligibility, contact a representative. Also seek legal counsel if you received a denial letter for your claim. Here at Disability Help Group we specialize in Social Security disability claims. Contact us for help: 1-(800)-800-3332.