J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2012 Jun;16(1):3-6.

Current Diagnostic Criteria of Alzheimer's Disease

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Hallym University College of Medicine, Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital, Anyang, Korea.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Hallym University College of Medicine, Kangdong Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Korea. knpa@hallym.or.kr


As Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in older people, many efforts for accurate and reliable clinical diagnoses have been made all over the world. Generally diagnostic process of Alzheimer's disease is constituted with two steps : 1) to determine whether a patient is actually demented, 2) to determine whether the dementia actually caused by Alzheimer's disease. Newly developed diagnostic criteria, such as diagnostic criteria of the National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer's Association improve their specificity to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. We need Korean specific guideline for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease compatible in Korean clinical situation.


Alzheimer's disease; Diagnosis; Guidelines
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