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Frontotemporal dementia is a group of diseases in which parts of
the brain (the frontal and temporal lobes) shrink, or atrophy, causing changes
in personality and behavior. People with frontotemporal dementia may display
unusual behavior, such as a lack of caring and lack of inhibition.
In one type of frontotemporal dementia, called Pick's disease or
Pick's complex, abnormal structures called Pick's bodies develop in brain
cells. Pick's disease is rare but can run in families.
People with frontotemporal dementia may:
Frontotemporal dementia cannot be reversed. Doctors may treat its
associated behavioral problems with antidepressants and other
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology
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