Confirming a diagnosis of dementia can be difficult, particularly when the condition is in its early stages. This is because many of the symptoms of dementia can be caused by other conditions.
Forfrontotemporal dementia to be diagnosed correctly, you will have a number of tests and assessments, including:
Some of these tests can be carried out by your GP. Some will be carried out by specialists, such as a neurologist (an expert in treating conditions that affect the brain and nervous system), an elderly care physician, or a psychiatrist with experience in treating dementia.
If frontotemporal dementia runs in your family, you may want to talk to your GP about being referred for a genetic test to find out if you carryone of thealtered genes that causes the condition.
However, before having any tests, you should discuss the risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing with a counsellor.
Frontotemporal dementia is an uncommon type of dementia that's estimated to affect around 16,000 people in the UK.
The symptoms of frontotemporal dementia usually develop gradually and get increasingly worse over a number of years.
Confirming a diagnosis of dementia can be difficult, particularly when the condition is in its early stages.