China reports first case of Alzheimer’s in teenagers

China reports first case of Alzheimer’s in teenagers
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A team of experts from Beijing, China, reported the “probable” first case of a 19-year-old adolescent with Alzheimer’s disease and confirmed that the disease is not exclusive to adults or the elderly.

This is the first case in the world that Alzheimer’s disease occurs in an adolescent, because after the results of the studies that were done on the young man, they showed that he suffers from said disease.

It should be noted that the results were published in the “Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease” magazine. According to the group of scientists from the Innovation Center for Neurological Disorders of a Beijing hospital, the young man began to suffer from memory problems at the age of 17 and difficulties concentrating in his studies.

The expert doctors studied his case and immediately ruled out that it was a disease or addiction that could affect the changes in his memory.

After more studies by doctors from the Neurology Department of the Xuanwu Hospital in Beijing, they compared their results with those of patients with Alzheimer’s, and it was with this that they determined that the 19-year-old boy suffered from said disease, being the case of more early age in a person.

Jia Jianping, who led the study, He asserted that there was no history of Alzheimer’s in the young man’s family and he also had no genetic problems or diseases that could be the cause of memory loss.

How common is Alzheimer’s in young people?

According to the Mayo Clinic, early-onset (also called early-onset) Alzheimer’s disease is a rare form of dementia that affects people under age 65. About 5% to 6% of people with Alzheimer’s disease develop symptoms before age 65.

In most people with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the cause is not related to a single gene mutation. Experts aren’t sure why some people develop the disease at a younger age than others.

Less commonly, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease can be the result of mutations in three genes (APP, PSEN1, or PSEN2), which can be inherited among family members. Having a father, mother, grandfather, or grandmother who also had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease may be a clue to these genetic changes.

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