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Gaceta Médica Espirituana

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MARTINEZ HERNANDEZ, Berkis; PADRON FERNANDO, Alina; GONZALEZ MONTAGNE, Odalys  y  CARPIO, Emilio. Frontotemporal dementia after a stressful life event. A case report. Gac Méd Espirit [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.3, pp.01-07. ISSN 1608-8921.

Background: Frontotemporal dementia is a degenerative disorder characterized by atrophy of frontal and anterior parietal lobes. Cases of frontotemporal dementia that occur after a stressful life event have not been described. Objective: To present a case of frontotemporal dementia that took place after a stressful life event and implies a peculiarity for diagnosis and management of these patients and for the causal relationship. Case report: A 47 year-old male, previously healthy, and without a family history of dementia or neurological diseases, immediately after a stressful life event such as the death of his son, developed symptoms compatible with an acute psychosis or depression associated with severe behavioral and language disorders typical of a frontotemporal dementia. Magnetic Resonance Imaging study confirmed the diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. Less than two years passed from the first symptom until the diagnosis of dementia. Conclusions: In spite of morphological and epidemiological evidences against, the possible causal relation between the stressful life events and the onset of dementias can not be ruled out and deserve a deeper study.

Palabras clave : frontotemporal dementia; stressful life event; life change events; frontotemporal atrophy.

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