J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2000 Jun;4(1):101-105.

A Case of Presenile Alzheimers Dementia: 3 Year Neurocognitive Function and Behavioural Changes

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. drobh@chollian.net


Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most typical progressive and irreversible dementia characterized by loss of intellectual capacity in many domains, altered behavior, inability to care for oneself, and ultimately neurologic abnormalities. In the treatment of AD, the focus is limited to relief of cognitive and behavioral symptoms. But the choice of adequate treatment according to severity level is difficult task for maintaining patient's quality of life. We experienced a case of typical presenile Alzheimer's disease who progressed severe dementia while being treated with cognitive enhancers and psychosocial intervention for three years. In review of this case, we conclude that early detection and active treatment of presenile dementia is most important factor for delaying of progress and decreasing of family burden.


Presenile Alzheimer's disease; Neurocognitive function; Behavioral symptoms; 3 year follow-up
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