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Original Research Article

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Neural Correlates of Caregiver Burden in Cortical Basal Syndrome and Frontotemporal Dementia

Knutson K.M.a · Zamboni G.a, b · Tierney M.C.a · Grafman J.a

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aCognitive Neuroscience Section, National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., USA; bDipartimento di Neuroscienze, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

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Jordan Grafman, PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience Section

National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutes of Health, Building 10, Room 7D43, MSC 1440

10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-1440 (USA)

Tel. +1 301 496 0220, Fax +1 301 480 2909, E-Mail grafmanj@ninds.nih.gov

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Aims: To determine areas of atrophy in patients that are associated with caregiver burden. Methods: We measured caregiver burden, dementia and neuropsychiatric scores in 22 patients with corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and 25 with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and in 14 healthy controls. We used voxel-based morphometry to correlate caregiver burden with gray matter loss. Results: Increased dementia and behavioral disturbances contributed to higher burden scores in CBS patients, while behavioral disturbances alone significantly affected burden scores in frontal-variant FTD (FTD-fv) patients. In CBS patients, caregiver burden scores correlated with atrophy in left inferior and middle temporal gyri. Conclusions: Caregivers of FTD-fv patients had significantly higher burden scores than caregivers of CBS patients. Damage to areas important in semantic knowledge appears critical in increased burden for CBS caregivers.

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Accepted: August 24, 2008
Published online: November 04, 2008
Issue release date: November 2008

Number of Print Pages: 8
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ISSN: 1420-8008 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9824 (Online)

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