What Is Pick’s Disease?

what is pick's disease

What Is Pick’s Disease?

Pick’s disease is a rare condition that causes progressive and irreversible dementia.

Pick’s disease is one of many types of dementias known as frontotemporal dementia (FTD). 

Frontotemporal dementia is the result of a brain condition known as frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD).

If you have dementia, your brain does not function normally.

As a result of Pick’s Disease;

  • A person may have difficulty with language
  • Behavior
  • Thinking
  • Judgment
  • Memory

Similar to Like patients with other types of dementia, a person with Pick’s Disease may experience drastic personality changes.

Patients with Alzheimer’s may also display Pick Disease symptoms but Pick’s Disease usually only affects certain areas of the brain. 

The areas of the brain affected by Pick’s Disease are frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.

The brain’s frontal lobe controls essential facets of everyday life. 

These facets include;

  • Planning
  • Judgment,
  • Emotional control
  • Behavior
  • Inhibition
  • Executive function
  • Multitasking

The brain’s temporal lobe effects; language, along with emotional response and behavior.

  • Language
  • Behavior
  • Emotional response

What Is The Average Age Of A Pick’s Disease Patient;

People as young as 2o may develop Pick’s Disease. 

However, it usually begins between ages 40 and 60.

The average age at which Pick’s Disease begins is 54.

Pick’s disease, along with other FTDs, is caused by abnormal amounts or types of nerve cell proteins, called tau.

Scientists don’t yet know what causes these abnormal proteins to form. But geneticists have found abnormal genes linked to Pick’s disease and other FTDs.

Geneticists have found abnormal genes linked to Pick’s disease and other FTDs.

Pick’s Disease is a progressive disease and the outlook is poor. 

The disease gets worse slowly.

Tissues in parts of the brain shrink over time.

Symptoms such as behavior changes, speech difficulty, and problems thinking occur slowly and get worse.

At this time there is no cure for Pick’s Disease.

 

Health Resources:

http://www.healthline.com/health/picks-disease#overview1

 http://www.medicinenet.com/pick_disease/article.htm

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000744.htm


 

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