Suicide Risk in Frontotemporal Lobe Degeneration: To be Considered, to be PreventedAlberici, Antonella MD; Cottini, Elisabetta MD; Cosseddu, Maura MSc; Borroni, Barbara MD; Padovani, Alessandro MD, PhDAlzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders: April-June 2012 - Volume 26 - Issue 2 - p 194–196 doi: 10.1097/WAD.0b013e3182223254 Case Report Abstract Author Information 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. Department of Neurology, University of Brescia, Italy The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Reprints: Antonella Alberici, MD, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinic of Neurology, University of Brescia, P.zzale Spedali Civili 1, 25100 Brescia, Italy (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Received February 18, 2011 Accepted April 22, 2011 © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.