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October 2021

Frontotemporal dementia: A different kind of dementia

Author(s): Burke, W. J.

Journal/Book: Archives Psychiatr Nurs. 2000; 14: Independence Square West Curtis Center, Ste 300, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3399, USA. W B Saunders Co. 249-253.

Abstract: Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is an umbrella term for a number of uncommon illnesses, including Pick's disease, which affect the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain and produce a dementia syndrome that is quite characteristic but unfamiliar to most clinicians. It is the third most common cause of cortical dementia. An overview of clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of FTD is provided with some specific information in relation to Pick's disease and a case example. Caregivers, in particular, need the education and support that could be provided by informed nurses.

Note: Article Yeaworth RC, Univ Nebraska, Med Ctr 985330, Coll Med, Dept Geriatr Psychiat, Omaha,NE 68198 USA

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