What is the difference between dementia and memory loss?
Human memory declines with age, which is a normal ageing phenomenon.
Yet, dementia is not simply a normal ageing or memory decline, but
rather a brain disorder. Memory loss is just one of the symptoms of
Diagnosis of FTD and AD
Approximately 36% of AD cases cannot distinguish from FTD based on
clinical diagnostic criteria while 52% of AD cases meet the criteria for
possible FTD. The high similarity, or even overlapping of symptoms
between AD and FTD makes it difficult for doctors to diagnose, and even
leads to misdiagnosis. This ultimately increases the time it takes for
patients to be diagnosed and delays treatment. To save time and money on
diagnosis, genetic testing could identify the disease early.
Common genes related to FTD include: C9ORF72, MAPT, GRN, TARDBP, VCP,
Common genes related to AD include: APP, PSEN1, PSEN2, APOE, TREM2, MAPT
*All these genes are included in our genetic tests.