Frontal lobe dementia facts
Frontal lobe dementia is a condition that has similar symptoms to Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, it is often mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease. When frontal lobe dementia occurs, it affects the frontal lobes in the beginning. The frontal lobes being damaged by this condition lead to certain problems, such as alterations in behavior, loss of judgment and change in the manner in which the patient expresses his/her emotions.
Even 10% of all dementias are frontal lobe dementia and Pick’s disease. These two conditions should not be misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Pick’s disease is a kind of frontal lobe dementia caused by the Pick’s bodies, which are abnormal particles in the brain. When Pick’s disease is in question, only frontal lobes of the brain are affected in 25% of the cases, the temporal lobes of the brain are affected in 25% of cases, while in the rest 50% of the cases, both frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are affected.
When one suffers from frontal lobe dementia, which is also called frontotemporal dementia, he/she may have many problems in almost every area of mental functioning. Therefore, the people who suffer from frontotemporal dementia usually have abrupt alteration in personality, changes in behavior and they are not capable to perform the activities efficiently.
The frontal lobe is a part of the brain in the human beings, which enables us to make differentiate between things. Frontotemporal dementia is also very often mistaken for vascular dementia, which is a cerebro-vascular disease marked by progressive decline in memory and cognitive functioning. In order to treat it effectively, it is very important to accurately diagnose the condition. Frontal lobe dementia usually begins between 40 and 65 years of age. It is estimated that 50% of cases with this type of dementia were inherited.
Causes of frontal lobe dementia
Frontal lobe dementia may be caused by various reasons. One of the causes responsible for the occurrence of this type of dementia is diabetes, especially if the onset of diabetes occurs in middle age. Smoking is also considered to be a potential cause for frontal lobe dementia, as well as for lung cancer and throat cancer. High cholesterol may lead to the blockages of arteries in the body, and thus to heart disease and frontal lobe dementia. This condition may be also induced by hypertension or high blood pressure. In some cases, hypertension leads to the mental disturbance, causing frontal lobe dementia.