Frontotemporal Dementia Specialists London
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a type of dementia that causes problems with an individual’s behaviour and language. It is an uncommon form of dementia, but still affects thousands of people, and research has shown some degree of genetic link.
At Dementech, we have experts who have years of experience helping patients to manage the effects of various types of dementia, including FTD. We can support you in getting a professional diagnosis and putting together an appropriate treatment plan for you.
What is Frontotemporal Dementia?
Frontotemporal dementia is the name given to dementia when it is due to progressive damage to the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain. There are three main types of FTD:
- The behavioural variant: Affects personality and behaviour
- Primary progressive aphasia: Initially affects speech, followed by behaviour
- Progressive non-fluent aphasia: Causes people to lose their ability to recall and speak words
The right and left frontal lobes at the front of the brain affect mood, social behaviour, attention, judgement, planning and self-control. The damage of these lobes is what can lead to reduced cognitive abilities and changes in personality, emotions and behaviour.
The right and left temporal lobes at the two sides of the brain process hearing and sight. Damage to these lobes may lead to difficulty recognising objects, understanding or expressing language.
For those with frontotemporal dementia, as the disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to plan or organise activities, behave appropriately in social or work settings, interact with others and care for themselves. This usually results in increasing dependency on caregivers.
What are The Symptoms of Frontotemporal Dementia?
The main symptoms of frontotemporal dementia are a progressive change in personality and behaviour or progressive deterioration in language abilities. With most cases of dementia, symptoms typically begin to present themselves and become noticeable in people over the age of 65, but symptoms of frontotemporal dementia can begin at a much earlier age. This is because the abnormal proteins that build up inside the brain cells are not solely a factor of age.
Physical symptoms may also begin to present as the disease progresses. These could include any of the following:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- General movement difficulty and muscle weakness
How is Frontotemporal Dementia Diagnosed?
One of the tests available at our London frontotemporal dementia clinic includes assessing in vivo Tau protein aggregates using a specific type of brain scan called Positron Emission Tomography (PET).
The PET scan can be used to measure chemical changes within the brain and, consequently, study the functions of the brain. This novel imaging tool will enable early diagnosis of FTD before extensive cell loss, and even before symptoms become evident. Additionally, Tau PET can also serve as an indicator of treatment efficacy for interventions aimed at preventing tau aggregate formation.
We also provide genetic screening and counselling for the known genes associated with the familial forms of FTD. Some people with FTD have a family history of dementia and the condition may be inherited in some of these families. Directly inherited forms of FTD are thought to account for around 10-20% of all cases of the condition. Genes that are known to cause FTD include the MAPT gene (Tau), progranulin (or GRN) gene or a gene called C9ORF72.
Mutations in the Tau gene can cause the Tau protein to behave abnormally, forming toxic clumps that can damage brain cells. Research is still being conducted around how mutations in progranulin and C9ORF72 cause the disease. We do know, however, that the C9ORF72 gene can cause individuals to develop motor neurone disease, FTD or both conditions and may affect members of the same family differently.
Choosing a private neurologist
It can be difficult to know what to expect with frontotemporal dementia, but one thing you can be sure of is that in seeing a neurologist privately, you will have access to shorter waiting times, better access to direct support and an outstanding quality of care. You can always contact our clinic directly if you have concerns about changes in your condition.
The Frontotemporal Dementia Diagnosis Process at Dementech
An Initial consultation with a specialist physician is the first step towards receiving a diagnosis. During this consultation, patients can describe their experiences with certain symptoms and deliver an accurate picture of their medical history to the specialist.
Following this, patients will have an appointment with a neuropsychologist in the Neuropsychiatric Laboratory. This will result in a computerised, detailed assessment of cognitive deficits and other neuropsychiatric issues associated with dementia.
As with many other diseases affecting brain function, blood tests and imaging scans will be required to generate the most accurate picture of the severity of the symptoms. These tests are outsourced to the highest quality and most convenient centres across London.
When all the results are available, a second consultation will take place with a private dementia consultant. Alongside providing a clinical diagnosis, a follow-up strategy will be discussed and explained. We will answer any questions and do our best to ensure you feel well informed and reassured during this time.
What is The Treatment for Frontotemporal Dementia?
Dementia can affect people in multiple and extensive ways, and we understand that addressing all aspects of the disease is important. At Dementech Neurosciences’ frontotemporal dementia clinic, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat the whole range of symptoms of FTD, in order to best look after the well-being of the individual affected, as well as their family and caregivers.
Our specialist dementia team includes an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist, who all work to help our dementia patients manage their symptoms better.
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Clinical Trials & Caregiver Support
Our team of dementia specialists, with global recognition for their expertise, offers cutting-edge medical interventions and treatments tailored to the unique needs of each patient. We actively engage in clinical trials to test novel pharmacological interventions aimed at delaying dementia progression, ensuring our patients have access to the latest advancements in dementia care.
We emphasise the importance of lifestyle measures in managing frontotemporal dementia. Our holistic approach includes promoting balanced diets, physical activity, and other lifestyle adjustments that positively impact cognitive health. We believe that a comprehensive strategy that encompasses these lifestyle factors can significantly enhance the overall well-being of individuals with dementia.
Patient Success Stories
Dementech Neurosciences prides itself on delivering exceptional patient care. Here are just some of our patient testimonials.
“My family and I experienced one of the hardest times of our lives having to deal with my wife’s deteriorating condition. I would like to personally thank the lovely young lady Zobiaa from Dementech, for showering us with compassion, empathy and genuine care and concern. Her professionalism, high-level customer service and communication, eye for detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and make not only my wife, but our whole family, feel as comfortable and supported as possible, is something we will always be grateful for. Thank you so much for your friendly and polite presence Zobiaa and taking the time and effort to build a relationship with us. You really made our visits to the clinic a positive, 5 star experience.”
“Dementech Neurosciences is a relatively new clinic specialising in the scientific assessment and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. It represents a significant development in the treatment of Parkinson’s and has done a great job of establishing itself and its reputation in a short period of time. The premises are extremely well situated in central London, the consultant neurologists are all at the top of their field in their specialisation of the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, and the clinical and administrative staff are of a similar standard. The atmosphere of the clinic is positive and the results, in the short period of time I have been able to assess, have been similarly positive.”
“Have had nothing but kindness and professionalism from Dementech and all their staff. From their initial guidance by Shakeela, through to staff conducting the MRI tests and Dr. Lucio D’Anna for his expertise clarity of explanation, compassion and consideration. Special mention to Zobia, who saved the day with her quick thinking that helped my mother-in-law to obtain extended care. Overall a perfect experience. Cannot recommend them enough.”
Risk Assessment & Prevention of Vascular Dementia
Vascular dementia is a complex cognitive disorder often associated with underlying cardiovascular and cerebrovascular conditions. Understanding the risks, identifying potential preventive measures, and implementing early interventions are essential in addressing this condition. At Dementech Neurosciences, we prioritize Risk Assessment & Prevention of Vascular Dementia as a critical component of our approach to dementia care. We believe that by proactively managing risk factors and promoting preventive strategies, we can significantly reduce the incidence and impact of vascular dementia.
Understanding Individual Risk Factors
A fundamental step in preventing vascular dementia is conducting a comprehensive risk assessment for each patient. This assessment includes a thorough review of medical history, family history, and lifestyle factors. Identifying specific risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking, is essential. Our team utilizes advanced diagnostic tools and imaging techniques to assess the vascular health of patients, enabling us to develop personalized prevention strategies.
Addressing Modifiable Risk Factors
Once individual risk factors are identified, our team develops targeted risk reduction strategies. This may involve medication management to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Lifestyle modifications, such as adopting a heart-healthy diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and quitting smoking, are also emphasized. By focusing on modifiable risk factors, we aim to reduce the overall risk of vascular dementia and improve cardiovascular health.
Empowering Patients with Knowledge
Preventing vascular dementia extends beyond medical interventions. Education and cognitive health promotion are integral aspects of our approach. We empower patients with knowledge about dementia risk factors, symptoms, and the importance of early detection. Additionally, we offer guidance on cognitive stimulation exercises and brain-boosting activities to maintain cognitive vitality. By equipping individuals with information and strategies, we enhance their ability to take an active role in dementia prevention.
A pleasure to have the expertise, vision & support of Dementech, most especially the care and trust of Dr. D’Anna, Anca and the team!
Meet Our Specialists
London is home to a distinguished group of leading specialists in Frontotemporal Dementia, who enjoy global recognition for their expertise in this field. These specialists are at the forefront of pioneering research, diagnosis, and treatment of Frontotemporal Dementia, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of patients. Their extensive clinical experience, coupled with access to state-of-the-art medical facilities and resources here at Dementech, enables them to deliver comprehensive care and innovative therapies tailored to the unique needs of each patient. Whether it’s advancing our understanding of Frontotemporal Dementia through groundbreaking research or providing personalised treatment plans that improve the quality of life for patients, London’s Frontotemporal Dementia specialists are renowned for their dedication to tackling this intricate neurological condition.
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