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Frontotemporal Dementia

A rare and difficult diagnosis
Marit Hüller
Frontotemporal Dementia

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In contrast to Alzheimer‘s dementia, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a rare form of dementia. Only about 30,000 people in Germany suffer from FTD. However, the disease is often confused with psychological disorders, so that the number of people affected could be higher.


Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) occurs rarely in contrast to Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that only about 30,000 people in Germany suffer from FTD. In the course of the disease certain areas of the brain degenerate. The clinical picture is divided into 6 subtypes. In the most common variant, a change in personality is in the foreground, only later will cognitive limitations occur. Therefore, the disease is often confused with mental disorders. There are no medications to slow down or stop the progression of the disease.

Keywords: Frontotemporal dementia, neurodegenerative disease, Morbus Pick

Translated article from MTA Dialog 10/2019 (translated by mt g medical translation GmbH & Co KG)

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