What is the prognosis 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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Progressive dementia with symptoms of executive dysfunction, personality change, and motor weakness leads to severe morbidity. Death usually occurs within 3 years of onset from inanition, pulmonary failure, and aspiration.

Patients with FTD/MND generally follow a more rapid course than do patients with either FTD or MND alone. They are more likely to have a bulbar form of MND, which may help to explain its more aggressive course.


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