Revising the definition of Alzheimer’s disease: a new lexicon. Lancet Neurol 9:1118-1127

Pierre & Marie Curie University, Research Centre of the Institute of the Brain and Spinal Cord, UMR, AP-HP, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital Group, Paris, France.
The Lancet Neurology (Impact Factor: 21.9). 10/2010; 9(11):1118-27. DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(10)70223-4
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Alzheimer's disease (AD) is classically defined as a dual clinicopathological entity. The recent advances in use of reliable biomarkers of AD that provide in-vivo evidence of the disease has stimulated the development of new research criteria that reconceptualise the diagnosis around both a specific pattern of cognitive changes and structural/biological evidence of Alzheimer's pathology. This new diagnostic framework has stimulated debate about the definition of AD and related conditions. The potential for drugs to intercede in the pathogenic cascade of the disease adds some urgency to this debate. This paper by the International Working Group for New Research Criteria for the Diagnosis of AD aims to advance the scientific discussion by providing broader diagnostic coverage of the AD clinical spectrum and by proposing a common lexicon as a point of reference for the clinical and research communities. The cornerstone of this lexicon is to consider AD solely as a clinical and symptomatic entity that encompasses both predementia and dementia phases.

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    • "On the hypothetical dynamic's curve of biomarkers' appearance for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) [1] [2], clinical signs seem to appear late after the positivity of in vivo biomarkers reflecting the amyloid * Correspondence to: Dr. Audrey Gabelle, Memory Research and "
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Sophisticated and expensive biomarkers are proposed for the diagnostic of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The amyloid process seems to be early in AD, and brain amyloid load affects the frontal lobe. Objective: To determine if certain simple clinical signs, especially frontal-related signs, could help reach an earlier and better diagnosis. Methods: In the frame of the 3-City cohort, we conducted a nested case-control study comparing incident cases of AD to controls matched for age, gender, and education. The standardized neurological exam included extrapyramidal signs (akinesia, rigidity, rest tremor), pyramidal symptoms (spastic rigidity, Babinski reflex), primitive reflexes (snout, palmomental reflex grasping), and tremor (essential, intentional, head) at the time of diagnosis and two years before. Results: We compared 106 incident AD subjects (mean age at diagnosis 82.2 (SD = 5.9); median MMSE at diagnosis = 23) to 208 matched controls. In patients younger than 80, palmomental reflexes were more frequent in AD than controls, two years before diagnosis (25.0 versus 7.0% , p = 0.03) and at time of diagnosis (30.3 versus 12.3% , p = 0.02). No difference was observed for other signs two years before diagnosis or for patients older than 80. Conclusion: Before diagnosis, the clinical examination of AD patients is not strictly normal; the primitive reflexes appear to be pathological. It might be in connection with the frontal amyloid load at an early stage of the disease. Clinical examination can reveal simple and interesting signs that deserve consideration as well as the other more invasive and expensive biomarkers.
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    • "We followed the approach applied in the construction of an AD model which has been previously described to build a dementia model [5]. Dementia is defined as a long process that starts with the development of brain pathology, either degenerative and/or vascular, not accompanied by clinical manifestations ( " preclinical " ), and that progresses to a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) ( " prodromal " ) stage and, finally, to dementia [14] [15] [16] [17]. Accordingly, in this study, individuals in the general population were divided into three states: healthy, predemented, and demented. "
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    ABSTRACT: Risk and protective factors such as obesity, hypercholesterolemia, physical activity, and hypertension can play a role in the development of dementia. Our objective was to measure the effect of modification of risk and protective factors on the prevalence and economic burden of dementia in the aging Spanish population during 2010-2050. A discrete event simulation model including risk and protective factors according to CAIDE (Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Incidence of Dementia) Risk Score was built to represent the natural history of dementia. Prevalence of dementia was calculated from 2010 to 2050 according to different scenarios of risk factor prevalence to assess the annual social and health care costs of dementia. The model also supplied hazard ratios for dementia. Aging will increase between 49% and 16% each decade in the number of subjects with dementia. The number of working-age individuals per person with dementia will decrease to a quarter by 2050. An intervention leading to a 20% change in risk and protective factors would reduce dementia by 9% , prevent over 100,000 cases, and save nearly 4,900 million euros in 2050. Switching individuals from a group with a specific risk factor to one without it nearly halved the risk of the development of dementia. Dementia prevalence will grow unmanageable if effective prevention strategies are not developed. Interventions aiming to reduce modifiable risk factor prevalence represent valid and effective alternatives to reduce dementia burden. However, further research is needed to identify causal relationships between dementia and risk factors.
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    • "In recent times, the term " preclinical AD " has been introduced by the IWG and the NIA-AA groups of investigators to denote individuals who have biomarkers positively supporting ongoing AD pathology, but do not fulfill the operationalized clinical criteria for MCI or dementia [17] [18]. As the field positions itself for upcoming secondary prevention trials, the detection of sensitive indicators, i.e., markers, of preclinical AD is eagerly needed. "
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