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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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CRUZADO, Lizardo; CUSTODIO, Nilton; MONTESINOS, Rosa  and  LANATA, Serggio. Frontotemporal dementia - behavioral variant as a differential diagnosis of primary psychiatric disorders. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2021, vol.84, n.3, pp.183-204. ISSN 0034-8597.

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) was described by Arnold Pick more than a century ago. It is a type of dementia in which multiple clinical manifestations of behavior and language predominat. The first and most frequent subtype, called behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), which, due to a variety of clinical presentations, can be confused with primary psychiatric conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, late-onset psychosis, impulse control disorders, and other pathologies. Recently, an important and promising stream of clinical, neurobiological, and genetic research offers fascinating insights into this disorder which, thus, becomes a paradigm of the intricate relationships between neurology and psychiatry. This review examines recent bibliography on bvFTD , with emphasis on aspects of its differential diagnosis.

Keywords : Frontotemporal dementia; diagnosis; differential; mental disorders.

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