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Aspergers Frontotemporal Dementia
There are 3 types: Named for the brain areas that are affected, the frontal and temporal lobes, there are several different variants of this type of dementia. Some of these types of dementia have prominent problems with words - either slowly losing the ability to speak or losing the ability to makes sense when one talks. There is an impulsive, disinhibited personality variant also. ...Read more
It happens: At a much younger age and the course of the disease is rapidly progressive with symptoms such as memory loss, getting lost driving the same route you've been driving for a long time, decrease in personal hygiene, later there is complete memory loss of even the simplest way of functioning that the individual needs total care. The prognosis is poor, ...Read more
Yes: Pick disease and frontotemporal dementia is the same. ...Read more
Evolving: There is no effective treatment for these illnesses yet, though aggressive research is underway. UCSF has a website / center with good updates, and they also operate a clinical trials unit. ...Read more
Do you have to have behavioral problem if you have frontotemporal dementia? What are all the symptoms?
Please see the excellent review at:www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/frontotemporal-dementia/ds...
Frontotemporal dementia — comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment for this group of rare brain disorders. ...Read more
In BV Frontotemporal dementia, how long does aggressive behavior last throughout the span of the disease?
I hope this site can lead you to good information:
http://www. Theaftd. Org/understandingftd/disorders/bv-ftd
Best wishes! ...Read more
Mom has BV Frontotemporal dementia, gets btw. 3-6 UTIs a yr. Because of poor hygiene practice. How will this affect her kidneys and overall health?
It's not good: This can certainly be difficult and can get worse. Discuss her needs w/ her doctor (s) and slowly prepare for care decisions. Her need for more complete care might become urgent as time passes and planning can help. A problem w/ UTIs is that they plus the antibiotics can both cause problems for the brain and tat can worsen the dementia, etc. It's a vicious cycle and help will help. Best wishes! ...Read more
Is numbness in feet a symptom of progressing frontotemporal dementia? My mom is pretty inactive, overweight, and in abt. Mid-stage of ftd. Thank you.
No: No, foot numbness is not a symptom of fronto-temporal dementia. But being inactive and overweight can lead to diabetes, which can be associated with numb feet and a variety of other peripheral nerve problems. Hoping you can get your mother in to see her primary care physician for a checkup soon. ...Read more
Mom has mid-stage Frontotemporal dementia; having more freqent UTIs lately; started 3 yrs ago. Concerned the antibiotics will lose effectiveness soon.
UTI and abx: Why is she getting UTI, most patients there is a reason, and the reason can be personal or anatomic, is there an issue with her urogenital tract etc? Next issue is does she have true UTI or a urine is positive and she gets treated, are there cultures done, and often patients can be colonized may not therapy. A discussion with her MD may be needed and she may need to see a Inf disease doc. ...Read more
See below: It affects the frontal lobes (front) and temporal lobes (sides) of the brain. Onset is usually earlier than alzheimer's. Initial sx may involve changes in personality, judgement and social functioning. Pick's disease is one of the forms of the frontotemporal dementia. Here's a link to fuller description of the disease http://www. Alz. Org/alzheimers_disease_frontotemporal_dementia. Asp. ...Read more
Is frontaltemporal dementia hereditary? My mom has it, but no other relatives (dad, grandparents, aunts/uncles) have had it.
Can well be: Although precise hereditary data is lacking due to the variable nature of many ftd presentations, it is thought that 20% may be associated with a mutation affecting chromosome 17, and there may be at least 4 different allelic presentations. ...Read more
This is classical 10 warning signs and symptoms from web site of Alzheimer's association.
http://www. Alz. Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs. Asp
once you identify signs and symptoms, then please contact your primary care physician, geriatrician, neurologist or geriatric psychiatrist. ...Read more
Reduce risk: There may be ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia such as regular exercise and treating vascular risks such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. However, there is no way to absolutely prevent dementia (other than dying young, which is not a good option). ...Read more
No: Dementia is usually differentiated into two types: vascular type, and non-vascular type. Vascular dementia is due to disruption in the vascular supply causing degeneration of neurons. Non-vascular dementia, such as Alzheimer's dementia, Lewy body dementia are cause by mechanisms involve amyloid plaque depositions and neurofibrillary tangles, and accumulation of Lewy body in the neuron. ...Read more
It depends on Early!: Dementia is a syndrome presenting with significant decline in cognition, including short term memory, leading to behavioral problems and decline in ability to care for self. The onset is usually subtle, gradual and must be differentiated from other causes of imparement, like depression, delirium and normal aging. ...Read more
First, see your: Family doctor to rule out any medical illnesses that can cause memory problems. If medically cleared, make an appointment with a geriatric psychiatrist for an evaluation. Memory problems can be caused by a number of things. The most important thing is to get the right diagnosis so you will get the right treatment! ...Read more
There are many: Dementia can be thought of as a cognitive disorder or as a behavioral illness. Nearly everyone with dementia will have behavior problems at some time. Psychomotor agitation, anxiety, sleep disturbances, appetite disturbances, depression, paranoia/delusions, hallucinations, aggression, mood lability, and apathy are some of the most common symptoms. Most of these symptoms are treatable. ...Read more
Step by step: Good diagnosis starts with history and medical exams by your doctor or neurologist. If general medical is fine, usually neurologic exam and tests are geared toward ruling and diagnosis treatable forms of dementia. Early stages may not be evident on medical tests, and neuropsychological testing can play an important role in early diagnosis, treatment and differential with depression. ...Read more
Symptoms may vary: In each person, but they include memory loss, trouble communicating, difficulty learning or remembering new information, trouble planning or organizing, trouble with coordination or motor functions, personality changes, inability to reason, inappropriate behavior, paranoia, agitation and hallucinations. These must be severe enough to interfer with daily life. ...Read more
There are many.: Alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of irreversible dementia. Others include multi-infarct or vascular dementia, lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementias, huntington's disease, creutzfeld-jakob disease. Approximately 1 percent of dementia cases are reversible. They include operable brain tumors, vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid disease, alcoholism or depression. ...Read more
A form of dementia: Dementia are conditions marked by decline in cognitive function & difficulty with daily activity. Alzheimer' s disease, characterized by problems with memory is one type. Exact cause unknown but good general health is better. Risk factors include old age & it runs in some families. Some reversible conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptoms so careful diagnosis is the first step. ...Read more
Seven: Different type of dementias will have different stages and the time course for each stage will vary per individual patient. There are technically 7 stages including pre-dementia, but in clinical practice doctors really focus on mild, moderate, to severity of symptoms. ...Read more
A combination of physical exercise plus mental challenges does appear to slow the onset and progress of dementia (but cannot prevent it). See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1151037/
the physical activity component is crucial, as the brain is itself a physical organ. Indeed it consumes 25% of our energy production, so it the organ most sensitive to energy depletion. ...Read more