Without a sample of brain tissue, diagnosing Icelandic type amyloidosis (type VI) is difficult. This is frequently performed after death or during a biopsy of the brain’s blood arteries.
If the bleed is minor, a physical examination may be clear. There may be some modifications in brain function. It is critical for the doctor to inquire thoroughly about the patient’s symptoms and clinical records. The physician may assume CAA based on the signs and results of the routine physical and any imaging testing.
The following are instances of imaging tests that can be performed:
- MRA scan
- MRI or CT scan
- PET scan
There is no recognized treatment that is successful. The treatment’s purpose is to alleviate symptoms. Rehabilitation may be required in some circumstances due to weakness or incompetence. Physical, speech and occupational therapy are examples of this.
Medicines that help with memory, including Alzheimer’s disease, are often utilized. Moreover, anti-seizure medications can be used to treat seizures, commonly known as amyloid spells.