Frontotemporal Dementia

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Frontotemporal dementia represents an estimated 10 to 20 percent of all dementia cases and is recognized as one of the most common dementias affecting a younger population. Dr. Edward Hill discusses more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, is a disease in which people lose tissue at the front and sides of their brain. This gradually causes problems with behavior and language. Doctors do not know what causes it.

Anyone can get FTD, but it usually happens in people 45 to 65 years of age. It also happens more often in people with family members who have had dementia.

People with FTD typically dont have the severe memory problems that people with Alzheimer disease do. There are different types of FTD that can affect different functions.

People with FTD may have changes in behavior, such as losing interest in doing things. Sometimes these symptoms can seem like depression. Some people with FTD may say or do inappropriate things. They dont usually see a problem with the behaviors or admit there is anything to be worried about. Sometimes a persons language is affected.

There is no cure for FTD. Most medicines treat symptoms, such as depression. Counseling and support groups may help people with FTD and their families.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.