Alzheimer disease

Diagnosis and Testing

How do I get tested for familial Alzheimer Disease?

Not everyone is a good candidate for genetic testing for Alzheimer Disease. Molecular genetic testing is used in some cases of Familial Alzheimer Disease. Genetic testing is not required to assess whether Alzheimer Disease is familial or not, but it can help to fully confirm it. Analyzing the PSEN1, PSEN2, APP and APOE genes may provide you with more information on your risk to develop Alzheimer Disease. There are numerous genetic testing laboratories that offer testing for familial Alzheimer Disease. There are multiple types of tests to choose from. A genetic counselor can assist you as you decide what type of genetic testing is right for both you and your family. You can locate a genetic counselor at http://nsgc.org/p/cm/ld/fid=164.

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