Early pathological gambling in co-occurrence with semantic variant primary progressive aphasia: A case report

Petronilla Battista, Rosa Capozzo, Giovanni Rizzo, Chiara Zecca, Antonio Anastasia, Roberto De Blasi, Giancarlo Logroscino

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Abstract

We have comprehensively documented a case of semantic variant of primary progressive aphasia (sv-PPA) presenting with early-onset pathological gambling (PG). While a growing number of studies have shown the presence of behavioral alterations in patients with sv-PPA, PG has been observed only in the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bv-FTD). To date, no case of PG with the co-occurrence of prominent semantic deficits at the onset of the disease has been reported in the literature. Impulse disorders at onset may wrongly lead to a misdiagnosis (ie, psychiatric disorders). Therefore, a wider characterization of cognitive/aphasia symptoms in patients presenting impulse disorders and predominant language dysfunctions is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-733
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Interventions in Aging
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Impulse disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Semantic dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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