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What laboratory tests are needed in an Alzheimer's disease evaluation?

As part of Alzheimer's disease evaluation, the physician will order a complete blood count and blood chemistry tests to detect anemia, infection, diabetes, and kidney and liver disorders. Other lab work will include routine tests for thyroid function, vitamin B12 deficiency, and elevated blood calcium, as well as a test for syphilis. If the physician suspects a specific medical problem, she may order additional tests. For example, a patient who might have been exposed to the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) virus will be encouraged to have a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test.

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