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[Neuropsychological examinations in frontotemporal lobar degeneration].

Authors
  • Suzuki, Kyoko1
  • 1 Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Yamagata University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2-2 Iidanishi, Yamagata 990-9585, Japan. , (Japan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Brain and nerve = Shinkei kenkyu no shinpo
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2009
Volume
61
Issue
11
Pages
1219–1225
Identifiers
PMID: 19938678
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Many studies have attempted to identify neuropsychological tests that could distinguish frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) from other types of dementia. Although some measures of frontal lobe function, memory, language, visuospatial function and, general cognitive ability revealed significant differences between FTLD and other types of dementia, there was a large overlap in the test performance among these groups. Therefore, neuropsychological tests should be used in conjunction with clinical and radiological findings to identify FTLD patients. However, suitably selected neuropsychological tests can be useful to monitor the temporal changes in cognitive function in each FTLD patient and to compare the clinical features of this disorder with other types of dementia.

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