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Chemical Imbalance
December 2000

Q. Could a chemical imbalance cause a person to have problems that doctors might mistake as Alzheimer's? If so, what test might I ask the doctors to do to check this out?

A. Yes, it is possible to have a chemical imbalance that may mimic Alzheimer's disease and cause significant memory disturbance. Many of the disorders are very similar to the above question and may include thyroid disease, various Vitamin deficiencies, and depression.

I would recommend the same evaluation as the previous question except you could leave out the ENT evaluation, although, if impaired hearing is suspected, an audiogram may be a good idea anyway.

Ref: http://www.alz.org/

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