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Predictors of Disease Progression in Early-Onset Alzheimer's Dementia: A Retrospective Cohort Study

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Latha Velayudhan, Sarah Baillon, Laura Daby, Pratheep Suntharamoorthy, Alicear Kablan, Samuel Tromans, James Lindesay

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal Of The American Medical Directors Association
Early online date4 Jul 2020
Accepted/In press1 Jan 2020
E-pub ahead of print4 Jul 2020

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OBJECTIVES: Early-onset Alzheimer's disease (EOAD), defined as onset of AD before the age of 65 years, is less common than the late-onset type, and little is known about the factors affecting disease progression. The aim of the study was to investigate factors influencing disease progression in people with EOAD.

DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study.

SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: People with EOAD who were assessed and attended the specialist memory service at a university teaching hospital in a European setting, between 2000 and 2010.

MEASURES: Sociodemographic details and clinical and cognitive assessments at initial assessment were used as potential predictors of change in clinical status and outcome at final follow-up within the memory service.

RESULTS: Of the 101 people diagnosed with EOAD during this period, 96 patients were followed up (53 women; aged 59 ± 4.9 years; mean follow-up 36.3 ± 29.12 months). Patients were classified as Stable (n = 25) if continued within the memory service or discharged to primary care, and those transferred to other specialist services (n = 66) for further inputs, institutional care (n = 4), or died (n = 1) were classified as Worseners (n = 71). Lower education (P = .008), lower Cambridge Cognition Examination scores (P = .049), and presence of family history of dementia [P = .012, χ2 (1) = 8.84] was associated with worse change in clinical status. Furthermore, cognitive deficits such as lower scores on comprehension, recent memory, and executive functions were found to predict a worse clinical outcome.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Identification of predictors of faster disease progression has significant clinical benefit, allowing clinicians to estimate prognosis and plan patient care accordingly.

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