Psychotic Alzheimer’s Patients More Likely To Be Misdiagnosed, Study Finds

Psychotic Alzheimer’s Patients More Likely To Be Misdiagnosed, Study Finds
Doctors tend to miss Alzheimer's diagnosis in psychotic patients more likely than than non-psychotic ones, according to new research by Canada's University of Toronto. The study, “Determining the impact of psychosis on rates of false-positive and false-negative diagnosis in Alzheimer's disease,” appeared in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translation Research and Clinical Intervention. Alzheimer's is frequently misdiagnosed. Patients can often have a false-positive, meaning doctors diagnose them with Alzheimer's even they don't actually have the disease. On the other hand, Alzeimer's is often missed in patients — a false-negative — becau
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