About Frontotemporal dementia

From diagnostic services to individual and family counseling, we are here to provide the care our patients and their families 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.

We are committed to providing the best treatments for our patients. To do this, we are leading breakthroughs with clinical trials to find new and better ways to treat and prevent frontotemporal dementia.

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Causes and risks

The exact causes of frontotemporal dementia are unknown.

Risks include having a family history of dementia.


For more information and local resources specific to frontotemporal dementia, visit The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.

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