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Other Names for this Disease
- Dementia with lobar atrophy and neuronal cytoplasmic inclusions
- Lobar atrophy of the brain
- Pick disease of the brain
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Pick’s disease is a neurological condition characterized by a slowly progressive deterioration of behavior, personality, or language. People with Pick's disease have abnormal substances (called Pick bodies) inside nerve cells in the damaged areas of the brain. Pick bodies contain an abnormal form of a protein called tau. This protein is found in all nerve cells, but people with Pick's disease have an abnormal amount or type of this protein. Symptoms often present sometime in the 50s, though it can occur as early as age 20 or as late as age 80. The course of the disease varies from person to person. The underlying cause of Pick's disease is unknown. In some cases, the disease runs in families. While there is no treatment to slow the progression of the disease, medications can be used to treat individual symptoms.
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- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.