Dementia of the frontal lobe type: Report of the neuroimaging and neuropsychological results of a case study

A. Venneri

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Abstract

We report the behavioural abnormalities, neuroimaging, and neuropsychological results of a 62-year-old patient, IP, who shows a clinical profile that fulfils all characteristics of dementia of frontal lobe type. The patient has been followed up over 5 years with psychometric testing. Comparing her cognitive profiles across examinations, her performance was substantially unchanged apart from behavioural disturbances and performance on frontal tasks which showed a progressive worsening. MRI finding evidenced marked ventricular enlargement, prevalent frontal atrophy and hypertrophy of the genus of corpus callosum. SPECT investigation showed a considerable reduction of cerebral blood flow in the mesial parts of the frontal lobes, in the lateral surface of the right fronto-parietal lobe, and hypo-perfusion in the right thalamic area. The results are discussed with reference to the features (clinical and neuropsychological) which distinguish different profiles of dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-160
Number of pages6
JournalDementia
Volume7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Behavioural disorders
  • Demential of frontal lobe type
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • SPECT neuropsychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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