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What is fAD?

Watch Professor Martin Rossor describe exactly what familial Alzheimer's disease is and how it runs in families

Professor Martin Rossor gives a brief introduction to familial Alzheimer’s disease and how it is inherited in families.

Familial Alzheimer’s disease is very rare, it is thought to account for less than 1% of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Because dementia is very common, lots of people may have a number of family members with dementia, but that doesn’t mean they have this inherited, familial form. It’s when there are many people in a family who develop Alzheimer’s disease quite young (before 65) that a doctor may consider suggesting a test for the familial Alzheimer’s disease genes. We’ll take a more detailed look at how familial AD is diagnosed, and the different genes involved in familial and non-familial Alzheimer’s disease in Steps 1.7 and 1.9.

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