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Chapter 18 - Neurodegenerative Diseases in Elders

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 July 2020

Kim A. Collins
Affiliation:
LifePoint Inc, South Carolina
Roger W. Byard
Affiliation:
University of Adelaide
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Summary

The fact that Alzheimer dementia is the sixth leading cause of death in adults aged 65 years or older in the United States [1] requires that the forensic pathologist, clinician, and medicolegal death investigator be familiar with the clinical manifestations of dementia and the appropriate postmortem evaluation for definitive classification. It has been shown that dementia, in general, is under-reported on death certificates [2], and its contribution to death may not be well-recognized.

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