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How do Pick's disease and Alzheimer's differ?

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Pick's disease has many of the same causes and symptoms that Alzheimer's does. But there are key differences.

Unlike people with Alzheimer's disease, people with Pick's disease:

  • Are diagnosed earlier in life
  • Don't have hallucinations or delusions
  • Don't tend to get lost in familiar places
  • Have a harder time making sense of their words or the words of others
  • Have behavior problems early on (behavior problems usually come late in Alzheimer's)
  • Don't have as many memory loss problems

From: What Is Pick's Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Brain Tour," "Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)."

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration: "Pick's Disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Frontotemporal Dementia." 

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Frontotemporal Degeneration."

Medscape: "Pick Disease."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "Brain Tour," "Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)."

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration: "Pick's Disease."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Frontotemporal Dementia." 

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Frontotemporal Degeneration."

Medscape: "Pick Disease."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 15, 2018

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