• Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s
  • August 10, 2017
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia with Lewy Bodies are Different

    Here is how the two differ:

    Alzheimer’s is identified by protein deposits in the brain, including twisted fibers found inside brain cells
    Dementia with Lewy Bodies is believed to be caused by the buildup of a different abnormal protein aggregate that is found in nerve cells in the brain
    Researchers are working to create effective treatments for both of these diseases, but experts believe they will almost certainly be different. Therefore, the right diagnosis is essential to providing the treatment a patient needs.

    Overall, Alzheimer’s is misdiagnosed in 24 percent of all cases, with false positives and false negatives both rated at 12 percent. This raises concerns that practitioners do not realize how common psychosis is in Alzheimer’s disease, making them less likely to diagnose a patient with the disease when they present with delusions or hallucinations.

    If you know an Alzheimer’s patient who has been the victim of misdiagnosis or other medical mistakes, please call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. We can help your loved one receive appropriate care and compensation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.