About Frontotemporal dementia

From neurological and diagnostic services to individual and family counseling, we provide all the care our patients and their caregivers need.

Also known as frontotemporal lobar degeneration

In frontotemporal dementia, the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain shrink resulting in changes in personality, behavior and speech.


Frontotemporal dementia symptoms generally occur in adults ages 40 to 45.

Symptoms include:

  • Repetitive compulsive behaviors
  • Changes in eating habits, like overeating
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Muscle weakness, rigidity or muscle spasms
  • Memory loss


Since there currently is no single diagnostic test for frontotemporal dementia, our patient care team may use a few of the following tests for diagnosis:

  • Neurological testing
  • Physical exam
  • Brain scans
  • Blood tests


Currently there is no cure for frontotemporal dementia, but there are medications to help manage symptoms.

Causes and risks

The exact causes of frontotemporal dementia are unknown.

Risks include having a family history of dementia.

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