Cholinesterase inhibitors are licensed for the treatment of dementia in Alzheimer's disease. In clinical practice, these drugs have little effect on the cognitive symptoms of dementia. Several studies report a beneficial effect of cholinesterase inhibitors on neuropsychiatric symptoms. We hypothesise that symptoms such as the impairment of attention and concentration, anxiety, restlessness and hallucinations, delineate a specific central cholinergic deficiency syndrome. It is postulated that this syndrome crosses boundaries of nosological entities and occurs in various neurodegenerative diseases. Symptoms resulting from cholinergic deficiency might be a much better target for treatment than cognitive deficits.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cholinergic deficiency syndrome as an indicator for cholinesterase inhibitors|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Nov 2003|