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Question: 94% Alzheimers Disease

 goofytiger - Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:42 am

My mother was told yesterday that my grandmother's tests came back showing she was 94% alzheimers. What exactly does that mean?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:09 am

User avatar Hello Goofytiger,

I'm a little uncertain about the terminology being used. Regarding Alzheimers, either it is present or it is not. Perhaps her doctor is indicating that he is 94% certain that your grandmother's illness is Alzheimers. Another possibility is that a test came back positive and that test has a 94% accuracy level (indicating a 6% chance of a false positive test).

I would recommend you or your mother talk with your grandmother's doctor to help clarify what was meant by this. This way you have the most accurate information.

Best wishes.

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