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What are the Risk Factors of Frontotemporal Dementia?

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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