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Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders:
doi: 10.1097/WAD.0b013e31815c3445
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Diagnostic Criteria for the Behavioral Variant of Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD): Current Limitations and Future Directions

Rascovsky, Katya PhD*; Hodges, John R. MD; Kipps, Christopher M. MD; Johnson, Julene K. PhD*; Seeley, William W. MD*; Mendez, Mario F. MD, PhD§; Knopman, David MD; Kertesz, Andrew MD; Mesulam, Marsel MD; Salmon, David P. PhD**; Galasko, Douglas MD** ††; Chow, Tiffany W. MD‡‡; DeCarli, Charles MD§§; Hillis, Argye MD, PhD∥∥; Josephs, Keith MD; Kramer, Joel H. PhD*; Weintraub, Sandra PhD; Grossman, Murray MD¶¶; Gorno-Tempini, Maria-Luisa MD, PhD*; Miller, Bruce M. MD*

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Abstract

The most widely established diagnostic criteria for the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia have now been in use for almost a decade. Although consensus criteria have provided a much needed standard for frontotemporal dementia research, a growing body of evidence suggests that revisions are needed to improve their applicability. In this article, we discuss the limitations of current diagnostic criteria and propose the establishment of an international consortium to revise diagnostic and research criteria for the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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