Journal article

Assessment of amyloid β in pathologically confirmed frontotemporal dementia syndromes.

Rachel H Tan, Jillian J Kril, Yue Yang, Nicole Tom, John R Hodges, Victor L Villemagne, Christopher C Rowe, Cristian E Leyton, John BJ Kwok, Lars M Ittner, Glenda M Halliday

Alzheimers Dement (Amst) | Published : 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The diagnostic utility of in vivo amyloid β (Aβ) imaging to aid in the clinical distinction between frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's disease remains unclear without data on the prevalence and severity of Aβ in pathologically confirmed FTD syndromes. METHODS: Aβ was assessed in 98 autopsy-confirmed FTD and 36 control cases, and the pathological accuracy of 11C-Pittsburgh compound B (PiB)-positron emission tomography imaging was assessed in a subset of FTD cases (n = 15). RESULTS: Aβ was identified in a similar proportion of FTD syndromes and age-matched controls and increases with age. Alzheimer's disease pathology was identified in all cases with high PiB retention..

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