Clinicopathological study of patients with C9ORF72-associated frontotemporal dementia presenting with delusions

Shunichiro Shinagawa, Georges Naasan, Anna M. Karydas, Giovanni Coppola, Mochtar Pribadi, William W. Seeley, John Q. Trojanowski, Bruce L. Miller, Lea T. Grinberg

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Background: Several clinical studies point to a high prevalence of psychotic symptoms in frontotemporal dementia associated with C9ORF72 mutations, but clinicopathological studies addressing the association between C9ORF72 mutations and delusions are lacking. Method: Seventeen patients with pathologically proven frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) associated with C9ORF72 mutations were identified from Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank. Of the 17 cases with C9ORF72 mutation, 4 exhibited well-defined delusions. The clinical history, neurological examination, neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging analysis, and postmortem assessment of the patients with delusions were evaluated and compared with the other cases. Result: The content of the delusions was mixed including persecution, infidelity, and grandiosity. All cases showed parkinsonism; voxel-based morphometry analysis showed greater precuneus atrophy in patients with delusions than those without delusions. All 4 had unclassifiable FTLD with TAR DNA-binding protein inclusions, with characteristics of both type A and type B. Three cases had additional t pathology and another had a-synuclein pathology. Conclusion: C9ORF72 carriers with well-defined delusions likely associated with additional pathologies and parietal atrophy in neuroimaging. Patients presenting with middle-aged onset of delusions should be screened for C9ORF72 mutations, especially if family history and parkinsonism are present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-107
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 9 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • C9ORF72
  • delusion
  • frontotemporal dementia
  • neurodegeneration
  • neuroimaging
  • neuropathology


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