Journal of Alzheimers & Neurodegenerative Diseases Category: Clinical Type: Letter to the Editor

Parkinsonism Variant of Alzheimer’s Disease

Naoki Kasahata1*
1 National Institute Of Advanced Industrial Science And Technology, Japan

*Corresponding Author(s):
Naoki Kasahata
National Institute Of Advanced Industrial Science And Technology, Japan

Received Date: Sep 17, 2021
Accepted Date: Oct 08, 2021
Published Date: Oct 15, 2021


It has been previously well known that Alzheimer’s disease may present with parkinsonism [1-5]. However, it has been scarcely described that parkinsonism is an initial and predominant manifestastions of Alzheimer’s disease. 2 cases of neuropathological features of Alzheimer’s disease in non-demented patients have been reported in 100 autopsy cases of clinically diagnosed Parkinson’s disease [6,7]. 3 of 100 clinical diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease had AD pathology without Lewy bodies, and 3 had Alzheimer-type pathology without Lewy bodies [7]. 

Sixty-one patients with parkinsonism underwent MIBG myocardial scintigraphy, of which 22 showed normal MIBG. Of these patients, 5 demonstrated both MRI and SPECT findings consistent with Alzheimer’s disease [8].

Characteristics of these patients included as following: >80 years of age, predominantly male, exhibiting Parkinsonism with rigidity and gait disturbance. Three patients exhibited tremor. Two patients had supranuclear ophthalmoparesis of vertical gaze. Two patients showed dementia [8]. Neuropathological examination of an autopsied patient demonstrated pure Alzheimer’s disease pathology [9].

We propose this clinico-pathological entity as “parkinsonism variant of Alzheimer’s disease”.


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Citation: Kasahata N (2021) Parkinsonism Variant of Alzheimer’s Disease. J Alzheimers Neurodegener Dis 7: 057.

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