Experts are concerned about misdiagnosis rate for Alzheimer's disease

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Alzheimer's experts say it's hard to quantify how often it happens, but findings from an ongoing study has found that one-third of Alzheimer's disease diagnoses were incorrect.

Researchers working on the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study — an ongoing study that's been in progress since 1991 — have been studying the brain changes caused by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. When pathologists studied the brains of 852 men diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they found that the diagnosis was wrong in one-third of the time; correct one-third of the time; and partially wrong one-third of the time, the Detroit Free Press reported.

"Pulling these things apart and the need for a real diagnosis -- that's important so people can live the best quality of life as possible for as long as possible," Jennifer Howard, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association's Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, told the Free Press.

Howard recommends consultations with interdisciplinary team with both geriatricians and neurologists to gain more accurate diagnoses.