Teresa Torralva, Macarena Martinez Cuitiño, Facundo Manes
Chapter 9: Neuropsychological assessment of FTD
Hodges’ Frontotemporal Dementia, 2nd Edition.
Editado por Bradford C. Dickerson, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Jun 2016.
The diagnosis of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) requires, in addition to imaging studies, a thorough evaluation of several aspects including genetics, neuropathology and the study of behavioral – cognitive changes. The complexity of the symptoms that are observed in this pathology that affect the frontal and temporal lobes, creates the necessity of a very careful neuropsychological examination.
To date, neuropsychological studies of Frontotemporal Dementia (DFTvc) have typically been focused on functions such as episodic memory and executive functions, and to a lesser extent on functions such as attention and visuospatial skills. More research is needed to study in greater depth all the cognitive functions and subtle changes observed early in this group of patients.
The aim of this chapter is to describe a selection of the tests most used in each of the domains that have been shown to be useful for the detection of changes in cognition. The first section will be dedicated specifically to describe the neuropsychology of DFTvc and the second section to the neuropsychology of temporal variants (DFTvt): primary progressive aphasia (APP), semantic dementia (DS) and logopenic aphasia (LA)
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