First documented case of Alzheimer’s Disease in HIV-positive patient

The first documented case of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in an HIV-positive patient was recently diagnosed after a PET scan found deposition of amyloid in the brain of a 71-year-old male. Before this finding, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016, clinicians believed that individuals with HIV might not develop AD because of HIV-related brain inflammation that may prevent the formation of amyloid clumps. However, the results suggest that some of the older HIV patients with dementia may be misdiagnosed with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) when they, in fact, might be developing AD. Read more.

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