New criteria are better for diagnosing early onset dementia

04/29/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

U.K. researchers said updated criteria based on the Frontotemporal Dementia Consensus help clinicians better diagnose early-stage dementia and distinguish between frontotemporal lobar degeneration and other conditions, according to a report in Neurology. Measures of sympathy and empathy had the greatest specificity, and "executive/generation deficits with relative sparing of memory and visuospatial functions" were the most sensitive, the study found.

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