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Frontotemporal Dementia In Children
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
Dementia: Too wide to describe here, but u can google the word & get full description of causes of cognitive deficits. Summary is that there are either genetic such as fragile x syndrome, fixed such as brain injury, slowly progressive such as infection, a feature of other conditions such as parkinson's disease, or rapidly progressive dementias such as organ failure. ...Read more
Individualize: The treatment of dementia is varied based on the type of the behavior the patient is presented, the availibility of primary caregiver, the level of cooperation, prior/current medications use, the currrent environmental setting and medical conditions. So there are many way to treat or to control symptoms for dementia and therefore it needs to be individualize. ...Read more
Signs of dementia:
No- losing our car keys is not a sign of dementia. This is a very common problem. No one would suspect dementia based on this symptom.
Signs of dementia include difficulty with memory, language, drawing, calculations, planning, making lists and completing complex tasks. A good example is forgetting to care for personal hygeine, clean your home or shop for food for may days. ...Read more
Maybe: You are asking a generic question, but do not detail your symptoms or challenges. Suggest you find a psychiatrist, geriatric specialist, or psychologist to assess your cognitive and emotional state, and if it appears your intellect is compromised, an appropriate evaluation could proceed. ...Read more
Yes: Nutrition can impact development and expression of cognitive decline, especially if there are metabolic issues including high blood pressure and diabetes. Recent articles suggest that the presence of Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of development of dementia for young persons five times the average. Important that one follow dietary regimen and seek counsel for help. ...Read more
See below: It is a loss of mental function thay affects daily life. It involves memory loss, decreased activity and change of personality. Dementia is the broad term. Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and lewy bodies dementia are the specific type of dementia along with at least 50 other specific type of dementia. ...Read more
Positive: It has become clear that pets regularly brought into environment of demented patients living in a home setting or a nursing home is very beneficial. They smile more, are less agitated, become more alert, talk more expressing more appropriate emotions and are less depressed. The overall efffect is very positive and therapeutic. ...Read more
Some can: A diagnosis of dementia may not mean that a person can no longer drive safely. In the early stages, some, though not all, may still possess skills necessary for safe driving. A comprehensive driving evaluation by a specially-trained occupational therapist can help determine whether or not they are safe to continue driving. Find one at: http://myaota. Aota. Org/driver_search/index. Aspx/index. Aspx. ...Read more
Dementia care: Dementia is treated by supportive care mainly. Medicines may help decrease progression of the disease, but dementia being degenerative disease it will progress over time. Earlier diagnosis is the key to create better treatment plan and education of care taker so that most of our seniors with dementia can stay in community and not in long term nursing homes. 36 hr day is a great book to read. ...Read more
Way too broad: The range of dementia severity is from barely noticeable unless you knew the person before it began thru a vegetative state - almost a coma. Clearly the needs are different! What might be said is they could benefit from the care of an expertised geriatric neurologist. They need to have interventions designed for their individual status - neither too much nor too little. A better?, a better reply. ...Read more
Depends on type: Dementia is an umbrella term for anything that causes disability related to cognition. There are many causes of dementia, including neurodegenerative diseases, strokes, and even infections. Neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., alzheimer's) usually start in adulthood. Strokes that cause dementia ("e.g., vascular dementia") also occur in adulthood. Infections can occur at any point. ...Read more