Routine clinical features may aid BVFTD diagnostic accuracy

By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter Researchers have identified clinical features that can help determine which patients assessed for behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (BVFTD) are most likely to actually have the condition. Emma Devenney (Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, New South Wales) and team found a family history of neurological disorders and the results of cognitive testing to be most informative. “Our results indicate that the likelihood of progression may be determined during a routine neurologic consultation by means of a detailed clinical interview and examination and a brief test of global cognition”, they write in JAMA Neurology. Of the 58 patients studied, 38 initially satisfied criteria for probable BVFTD. Two of these patients proved to have Alzheimer’s disease pathology at autopsy, but the other 36 either converted to definite BVFTD…


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