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Synonyms of Pick Disease
- dementia with lobar atrophy and neuronal cytoplasmic inclusions
- diffuse degenerative cerebral disease
- frontotemporal lobar degeneration
- lobar atrophy of the brain
- Pick disease of the brain
- behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia
- frontotemporal dementia associated with motor neuron disease
- frontotemporal dementia with parkinsonism-17
- primary progressive aphasia (nonfluent type)
- semantic dementia
Pick disease is a form of dementia characterized by behavioral changes such as deterioration of social skills and changes in personality. Intellectual impairment, memory loss and language deterioration may also occur. Most cases of Pick disease are sporadic in nature, but a genetic form of the disease is recognized. Although a progressive form of communication impairment (aphasia) may occur as part of Pick disease, people with Pick disease have other behavioral problems besides language and communication impairment.
Organizations related to Pick Disease
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