Delusional misidentification and aggression in Alzheimer's disease

J Forensic Sci. 2001 May;46(3):581-5.


Alzheimer's disease has been associated with serious behavioral disturbances including aggressive behaviors and agitation. Aggression in dementia of the Alzheimer's type may be associated with psychotic symptoms, particularly delusional misidentification phenomena. These phenomena are complex and varied in Alzheimer's disease and so far have been only rudimentarily described. In this paper, we explore the association of delusional misidentification and aggression in an individual suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aggression*
  • Alzheimer Disease / complications
  • Alzheimer Disease / diagnosis
  • Alzheimer Disease / psychology*
  • Delusions / etiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Humans
  • Male