Right Temporal Variant of Frontotemporal Dementia: A Clinical Introduction Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative syndrome that results in changes in personality, behavior, and language. The right temporal variant, a relatively under-studied and perhaps under-diagnosed clinical subtype of FTD, manifests as behavioral changes, loss of person-specific knowledge, and eventual deficits in word-finding and semantic knowledge. Thorough assessment is ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2014
Right Temporal Variant of Frontotemporal Dementia: A Clinical Introduction
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  • Miranda C. Babiak
    Department of Neurology, Memory and Aging Center, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
    Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Financial Disclosure: Miranda C. Babiak is a student in the Doctoral of Clinical Science program at the University of Pittsburgh and a practicing clinician in Pittsburgh, PA.
    Financial Disclosure: Miranda C. Babiak is a student in the Doctoral of Clinical Science program at the University of Pittsburgh and a practicing clinician in Pittsburgh, PA.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Miranda C. Babiak has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Miranda C. Babiak has previously published in the subject area.×
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Article   |   October 01, 2014
Right Temporal Variant of Frontotemporal Dementia: A Clinical Introduction
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2014, Vol. 24, 157-163. doi:10.1044/nnsld24.4.157
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2014, Vol. 24, 157-163. doi:10.1044/nnsld24.4.157

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative syndrome that results in changes in personality, behavior, and language. The right temporal variant, a relatively under-studied and perhaps under-diagnosed clinical subtype of FTD, manifests as behavioral changes, loss of person-specific knowledge, and eventual deficits in word-finding and semantic knowledge. Thorough assessment is necessary in order to distinguish right temporal variant FTD from other dementias. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) play an essential role in accurate diagnosis, provision of appropriate resources and referrals, and administration of effective treatments.

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