What are the possible complications of frontotemporal lobe dementia with motor neuron disease (FTD/MND)?

Updated: Apr 11, 2017
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Complications in FTD/MND can include the following:

  • Progressive bulbar palsy results in dysphagia, the risk of aspiration pneumonia, and mutism

  • Muscular wasting and weakness may occur

  • Parkinsonism may develop in some patients

  • Dyspnea and hypoxic encephalopathy may be related positionally and can interfere with reclining for sleep


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