Age at onset of alzheimer's disease: Clue to the relative importance of etiologic factors?

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Abstract

Homer, R. D. (Dept. of Family Medicine, East Carolina U. School of Medicine, Greenville, NC 27835-1846). Age at onset of Alzheimer's disease: clue to the relative importance of etiologic factors? Am J Epidemiol 1987;126:409-14.Clues to the relative importance of possible etiologic factors for dementia of the Alzheimer type may be gained by examining the fit of case series to Sartwell's model of the distribution of incubation periods. If age at disease onset is used as the incubation period of this disease, a genetic or environmental factor acting during the prenatal period is suggested if the distribution of these ages fits the lognormal curve; otherwise, environmental factors acting after birth are implicated. Case series were identified from the literature. Four case series were found which contained sufficiently detailed data to permit this secondary analysis; only one case series was population-based. The distribution of age at disease onset for each series was graphically and statistically assessed for fit to the logarithmic normal distribution. Each case series fit the lognommal curve well. This suggests that research into the etiology of dementia of the Alzheimer type should focus on the prenatal experiences of patients with this disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-414
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Epidemiology
Volume126
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Biological
  • Dementia
  • Models
  • Presenile
  • Senile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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