Pathological gambling and epilepsy in patients with frontotemporal dementia: Two case reports

Sheila Castro-Suarez, Peggy Martinez, María Meza

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© 2016, Instituto Nacional de Salud. All rights reserved. Frontotemporal dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder of which the behavioral variant is most common. This condition is currently considered the most common cause of dementia in people younger than 60 years. Here, we present two unrelated cases in which the typical symptoms were cognitive and behavioral progressive deterioration and psychiatric disorders such as disinhibition, impulsive acts, apathy, lack of empathy, stereotypies, and changes in eating habits. The first case exhibited pathological gambling as the initial symptom and resided in a psychiatric facility for a year. Notably, this was the second such case in Latin America and one of only a few such cases reported worldwide. The second case presented with epileptic seizures during evolution. In both cases, brain magnetic resonance revealed left-predominant frontotemporal atrophy, and alterations in executive function were evident during neuropsychological assessments.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)588-592
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2016


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