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Kissing or “Osculation” in Frontotemporal Dementia
Mario F. Mendez, M.D., Ph.D.; Jill S. Shapira, R.N., Ph.D.
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2014;:. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13060139
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From the Departments of Neurology (MFM, JSS) and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences (MFM), David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles; and the V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (MFM), Los Angeles, CA.

Send correspondence to Dr. Mendez; e-mail mmendez@ucla.edu

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

Received June 25, 2013; Revised August 26, 2013; Revised September 29, 2013; Accepted September 29, 2013.

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The authors investigated the neuropsychiatry of kissing in frontotemporal dementia. Among 15 patients, two had compulsive social kissing, bitemporal involvement, and Klüver-Bucy symptoms, and four pursued kissing with sexually disinhibited behavior. Future research should clarify the neuropsychiatric significance of kissing behavior.

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Kissing or "Osculation" in Frontotemporal Dementia. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci Published online Jun 12, 2014.;