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Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
2012-04-01 00:00:00

Suicide Risk in Frontotemporal Lobe Degeneration: To be Considered, to be Prevented

Descrição: Suicide is difficult to ascertain in elderly patients, and dementia might represent a risk factor, though predictors of suicide in dementia are still unknown. We report the case of a patient recently diagnosed as having a behavioral variant of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), apathetic syndrome, who committed suicide by hanging. His personal and family history was negative for mental disorders; a depressive syndrome was diagnosed 1 year before FTLD diagnosis, and treated unsuccessfully. To the best of our knowledge, no data are available about self-harmful events in FTLD. This case report argues for the urgent need for developing specific tools for the assessment of suicidal ideation among at-risk population.

Seção: Case Report
Volume: 0
Autor: Luchsinger, Jos? A.; Cheng, Derek; Tang, Ming Xin; Schupf, Nicole; Mayeux, Richard


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