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Is the frontal lobe disease inherited from your parents?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Not uncommonly: Small percentage of frontotemporal dementia cases are indeed hereditary, and classically a tau gene on Chromosome 17, but 4 other forms are known. Would assess known genetics at 15-20% of cases at this point, but would state that it is reasonable that sporadic cases may also wind up some day as hereditary events.
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