Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a degenerative neurological condition that is characterised by relatively selective, progressive atrophy of the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain.
Symptoms that correspond to damage in these areas are the first sign of the disease. FTD is recognised as one of the most common forms of dementia in people younger than 65 years of age.
Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB or LBD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) are the three most common pathological diagnoses in neurodegenerative disorders (Bigio, 2013).
This module will cover the clinical and pathological aspects of FTD, as well as its symptoms and progression. We will also look at diagnosis and treatment of symptoms, in addition to the clinical management of FTD.