Odor identification testing for predicting the transition to dementia

Takeaway

  • Odor identification testing adds value to global cognitive testing and can help to identify individuals who are unlikely to transition to dementia.

Why this matters

  • Odor identification deficits are a characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias.

  • The inclusion of odor identification testing could reduce unnecessary diagnostic investigation and decrease the extra burden and expense of brain imaging procedures.