Serum and cerebrospinal fluid cystatin C levels in vascular and Alzheimer's dementia

J. Kálmán, J. Márki-Zay, A. Juhász, A. Sántha, L. Dux, Z. Janka

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Introduction - Cystatin C, a cysteine protease inhibitor, has been implicated in the neurodegenerative and repair processes of the nervous system, and the deposition of the same protein together with beta amyloid peptide was found as cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) in different types of dementias. Objective and methods - Because of the differential diagnostic importance, serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cystatin C levels of 24 late onset Alzheimer's demented (AD) and 16 ischemic type of vascular demented (VD) probands were compared with 17 aged control (AC) persons. Results - The serum and CSF cystatin levels were found in the normal range in all groups. The ischemic VD probands had the tendency to have higher cystatin C levels than the AD. No correlation has been found with the severity and duration of dementia and with the other measured parameters. Conclusion - These results indicate that lower than normal CSF cystatin C level is not a diagnostic marker in ischemic VD and CAA related to AD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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