Neuropsychological differentiation of Alzheimer's disease from vascular dementia

Amy Barr, Ralph Benedict, Larry Tune, Jason Brandt

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether cognitive test performances alone could distinguish patients with probable Alzheimer's disease from those with probable vascular dementia. Sixty‐eight outpatients with clinical diagnoses of either Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia were administered a brief battery of neuropsychological tests. Scores from the Boston Naming Test and the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test were identified as most discriminating of the groups. Seventy‐seven per cent of the sample was correctly classified by a stepwise discriminant function analysis. Results of this study indicate that selected neuropsychological tests have moderate concurrent utility in the differential diagnosis of dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-627
Number of pages7
JournalInternational journal of geriatric psychiatry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1992


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • discriminant analysis
  • neuropsychological tests
  • vascular dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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