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What is the prognosis for frontotemporal dementia (FTD)?

Zaldy S. Tan, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a degenerative brain disease that targets the brain's frontal and temporal parts of the brain. These parts of the brain control certain important mental functions such as language, behavior, emotion and decision-making. As such, a person with FTD may present with problems speaking, controlling their impulses and emotions and making logical choices. While the presentation and duration of the disease tend to vary from person to person, the typical course from the mild stage to the advanced, disabling stage is about 8 to 10 years. Like Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, there is currently no cure available for FTD.

The outcome for people with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is poor. The disease progresses steadily and often rapidly, becoming full blown in less than 2 years in some individuals and taking more than 10 years in others. Eventually some individuals with FTD will need 24-hour care and monitoring at home or in an institutionalized care setting.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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