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Early detection of patients in the pre demented stage of Alzheimer’s disease: the Pre-Al Study


Mahieux, F., Onen, F., Berr, C., Volteau, M., Habert, M. O., Legrain, S., Dubois, B.


The Journal Of Nutrition, Health & Aging, Volume: 13, No.: 1, Pages.: 21-26

Year of Publication



Objectives: The aim of the Pre-Al study is to evaluate and compare the predictive value of different tools for an early identification of Alzheimer’s disease.; Design and Participants: Patients coming for consultation to memory clinics without dementia were included if they had an objective memory or attention trouble assessed by a MMSE score > 25 (with at least one missing item at the words recall) and / or an Isaac set test score < 28. All were examined by a neuropsychological battery (Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test, digit ordering test, WAIS-R digit symbol, Trail making test, Benton visual retention test, verbal fluency, confrontation naming and Baddeley's double task test). A subpopulation received an MRI and SPECT assessment.; Results and Discussion: 251 patients were included (mean age: 72.0 years; mean education duration: 10.9 years). Validation of the predictive tests will be based on the comparison of these tests in patients developing dementia and others, after a follow-up of at least 3 years. This paper presents methodology of the study and the population description.;


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Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Diagnostic Target Identification

Diagnostic Targets

Cognition testing (inc. task driven tests such as clock drawing)