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How is frontotemporal dementia (FTD) diagnosed?

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It can be hard to figure out if someone has FTD. That’s because it often mirrors other disorders, like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression, and schizophrenia.

See a doctor about any strange behavior. He’ll ask about medications and family history. He may also do blood tests to rule out other medical problems. He might refer you to a neurologist, who will check things like your balance, reflexes, memory, and thinking.

From: What Is Frontotemporal Dementia? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2017

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Frontotemporal Dementia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Frontotemporal Dementia.”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine: “Frontotemporal Dementia.”

National Institute on Aging: “Common Symptoms,” “Frontotemporal Disorders: Information for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.”

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration: “Disease Overview,” “Evaluation and Diagnosis,” “Fast Facts about Frontotemporal Degeneration.”

University of California, San Francisco: “Frontotemporal Dementia.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Frontotemporal Dementia.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Frontotemporal Dementia.”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine: “Frontotemporal Dementia.”

National Institute on Aging: “Common Symptoms,” “Frontotemporal Disorders: Information for Patients, Families, and Caregivers.”

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration: “Disease Overview,” “Evaluation and Diagnosis,” “Fast Facts about Frontotemporal Degeneration.”

University of California, San Francisco: “Frontotemporal Dementia.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2017

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