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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;26:258-261. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13060139
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The authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.

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.


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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TABLE 1.Patient Characteristics: Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) and Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
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CVLT: California Verbal-Learning Test; WCST: Wisconsin Card Sort Test.

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a Number of correct items.

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b Number of items indicating emotional blunting.



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