A Mania that is not Mania: A Case of Frontotemporal Dementia with Early Onset

Vlad DIONISIE, Mirela MANEA, Mihnea Costin MANEA, Andreea CRĂCIUN


The clinical picture of the behavioural variant of frontotemporal dementia can be very similar to a manic episode. Paying a careful attention to memory and attention problems and assessing the cognitive status of a patient with mania-like symptoms and no previous psychiatric history should be a standard procedure in order to distinguish mania from behavioural variant of frontotemporal dementia. Sometimes, imaging techniques are revealing important aspects that are essential for a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Here, we present a case of frontotemporal dementia with early onset that had a manic like clinical presentation. Also, we shortly discuss the available pharmacological approaches and outline the importance of thorough differential diagnosis.


frontotemporal dementia; mania; bipolar disorder; behaviour disorder; frontal lobe;

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