Diagnosing Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is based on a physician’s judgment after a complete medical assessment including a thorough medical history, mental status testing and physical and neurological exams. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect shrinkage in the brain's frontal and temporal lobes, which is a hallmark of FTD.
What are some of the Risk Factors?
- Family History—the majority of cases are sporadic, meaning it develops in that person by chance rather than being inherited. However, scientists have found several genes linked to FTD.
- Moderate to severe head trauma