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Frontotemporal dementia (Pick's disease) facts*
*Frontotemporal dementia (Pick's disease) facts medical author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Is frontotemporal dementia inherited?
There is a strong genetic component to the disease; frontotemporal dementia often runs in families.
Is there any treatment for frontotemporal dementia?
No treatment has been shown to slow the progression of frontotemporal dementia. Behavior modification may help control unacceptable or dangerous behaviors. Aggressive, agitated, or dangerous behaviors could require medication. Antidepressants have been shown to improve some symptoms.
What are the symptoms of frontotemporal dementia?
As it is defined today, the symptoms of frontotemporal dementia fall into two clinical patterns that involve either (1) changes in behavior, or (2) problems with language. The first type features behavior that can be either impulsive (disinhibited) or bored and listless (apathetic) and includes
What is frontotemporal dementia (Pick's disease)?
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) describes a clinical syndrome associated with shrinking of the frontal and temporal anterior lobes of the brain. Originally known as Pick's disease, the name and classification of frontotemporal dementia has been a topic of discussion for over a century. The current designation of the syndrome groups together Pick's disease, primary progressive aphasia, and semantic dementia as frontotemporal dementia. Some doctors propose adding corticobasal degeneration and progressive supranuclear palsy to frontotemporal dementia and calling the group Pick Complex. These designations will continue to be debated.
What is the prognosis (the outlook) for frontotemporal dementia?
The outcome for people with frontotemporal dementia is poor. The disease progresses steadily and often rapidly, ranging from less than 2 years in some individuals to more than 10 years in others. Eventually some individuals with frontotemporal dementia will need 24-hour care and monitoring at home or in an institutionalized care setting.
What research is being done on frontotemporal dementia?
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conduct research related to frontotemporal dementia in laboratories at the NIH, and also support additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country.
Where can I find more information about frontotemporal dementia?
Association for Frontotemporal Dementias (AFTD) Radnor Station Building #2 Suite 320 290 King of Prussia Road Radnor, PA 19087 [emailÂ protected] http://www.theaftd.org Tel: 267-514-7221 866-507-7222 National Institute on Aging (NIA) National Institutes of Health, DHHS 31 Center Drive, Rm. 5C27 MSC 2292 Bethesda, MD 20892-2292 http://www.nia.nih.gov Tel: 301-496-1752 800-222-2225
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