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Brain Cogn. 2001 Jun-Jul;46(1-2):264-8.

Executive deficits appearing in the initial stage of Alzheimer's disease.

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  • 1Divisione di Neurologia, Ospedale Civile di Vicenza, Trieste, Italy.


The presence of executive deficits has been sought at a stage of Alzheimer's disease where currently used neuropsychological batteries could not yet distinguish Alzheimer's patients from normal age- and education-matched controls. This study shows that, at this early stage, those patients that 6 months later are found to show clear signs of Alzheimer's had been significantly worse than normal controls in an executive function task adapted from the Brown-Peterson procedure.

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