Research connects skin test with dementia detection
The abnormal brain changes which lead to dementia also cause changes in the skin that give rise to pressure ulcers, according to researchers at Jerusalem’s Herzog Medical Center. Thus, a skin test can be used as a tool for early detection and diagnosis of dementia and could delay or halt the disease.
The hypothesis is that the abnormal brain changes leading to dementia occur in other body systems as well. Changes in the skin tissue of dementia patients make them more vulnerable to the development of pressure ulcers.
The skin test can be a powerful tool for early detection and specific diagnosis of dementia because not all dementia requires the same treatment and not every cognitive decline ends in dementia, the researchers said.
help clinicians design appropriate treatments to slow down and stop the progression of dementia to the extent that pressure sores and cognitive impairments can be fatal. If the early stages of dementia can be identified, it will be possible to intervene and inhibit accelerated cognitive decline through noninvasive brain stimulation and the use of cognitive empowerment programs.