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What causes frontotemporal dementia (FTD)?

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Scientists don’t know for sure. But it starts when nerve cells in two parts or “lobes” of the brain -- the front and the side -- die. That causes the lobes to shrink.

Doctors believe FTD may be genetic. About 4 out of 10 people who have it also have a relative who had it or some other form of dementia.

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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