Welcome to the MGH FTD Unit
The MGH Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit has at its core a
multidisciplinary clinic in which comprehensive evaluations are performed
for the purposes of diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring.
The evaluation typically involves a neurologic assessment, neuropsychologic assessment, speech and language assessment, and potentially additional assessments by neuropsychiatry and social work. There are often tests ordered as well as brain scans and similar procedures. The evaluation is tailored to the individual, but many of these components are performed with each person.
Typically, one or more persons who know the patient well are interviewed in detail to find out more about the symptoms that are present in daily life. This is often done initially as a telephone intake and subsequently in person during one or more visits.
At the initial evaluation in the clinic, a neurology fellow (a neurologist in advanced training focusing on dementia and related conditions) will obtain the history in detail, performan an examination of the patient, review records, and together with one of our staff neurologists will make recommendations for further evaluation if necessary.
The various specialists who perform the evaluations then will discuss the results together as a team and try to come to a consensus regarding the diagnosis, and will also make recommendations for treatment, management, planning, and monitoring.
Ongoing care can then be coordinated by the MGH FTD Unit or in conjunction with specialists who have already been working with the patient.
To inquire about an appointment, email us at MGHFTDUnit@partners.org or call 617-726-1728 and ask to speak with Nordia McBean.
The MGH FTD Unit aims to develop better knowledge about and diagnosis and treatment of all forms of FTD and related focal dementia syndromes. The PPA Program aims to better understand and treat primary progressive aphasia syndromes using existing technologies (including speech therapy) and by developing new diagnostic and treatment technologies.
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