Psychotic Symptoms in Frontotemporal Dementia

  • Devin Hall
  • Elizabeth C. FingerEmail author
Behavior (HS Kirshner, Section Editor)
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Although psychotic features have long been recognized in association with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), recent genetic discoveries enabling further subtyping of FTD have revealed that psychotic symptoms are frequent in some forms of FTD. Hallucinations and delusions can even precede onset of other cognitive or behavioural symptoms in patients with FTD. In this review, we explore the frequency and types of psychotic symptoms reported in patients with FTD, as well as in other neuropsychiatric disorders, to aid practitioners’ consideration of these features in the diagnosis of FTD and related disorders.


Frontotemporal dementia Psychosis Hallucinations Delusions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine and DentistryWestern UniversityLondonCanada
  2. 2.Lawson Health Research InstituteLondonCanada
  3. 3.University Hospital, University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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