Frontotemporal Dementia: Identification and Management

Leah Wilfong, MS, AGPCNP-BC; Nancy E. Edwards, PhD, ANP-BC; Karen S. Yehle, PhD, FAHA; Karla Ross, MSN, ANP


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2016;12(4):277-282. 

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FTD is a leading cause of dementia in people < 65 years of age.[6] Early and accurate diagnosis of FTD is a key component in the management of care for patients and their caregivers. In the absence of neuroimaging, diagnosis relies heavily on familial reports of personality, behavioral, and emotional changes. There is no cure for FTD, and so treatment must focus on managing behavioral symptoms. Education and support are needed for both family members and professional caregivers as the dramatic changes can be emotionally distressing. Primary care providers must be able to differentiate FTD from other dementias and psychological disorders in order to identify patients for early referral and optimal management.