As someone with CBD can be affected in many different ways, treatment and care is best provided by a team of health and social care professionals working together. Treatments may include:
The diagnosis must be made or confirmed by a consultant with expertise in CBD. This will usually be a neurologist (a specialist in conditions affecting the brain and nerves).
The surface of the brain (cortex) is affected, as well as a deep part of the brain called the basal ganglia.
Treatments for CBD
If you have CBD, your clinical team will pass information about you on to the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Diseases Registration Service (NCARDRS).
You may need to have a brain scan to look for other possible causes of your symptoms, as well as tests of your memory, concentration and ability to understand language.
There is currently no treatment that has been shown to stop CBD getting gradually worse, although treatments can reduce many of the symptoms.
Most cases of CBD develop in adults aged between 50 and 70.
Read more about the symptoms of CBD.
Changes in personality, such as apathy, irritability, and decreased interest in things previously enjoyed may be noticed by family and friends.
CBD has similarities with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Some people with CBD go on to develop PSP, and vice versa.
Content last reviewed: March 2020
The most common symptoms are outlined below, but many people have only a few symptoms.
Cognitive and behavioural changes: thinking may become impaired, leading to memory problems and difficulty understanding and interpreting communication. It may also be difficult to carry out complex tasks that require planning ahead.
It is thought there may be some weak genetic link too but the risk of other family members developing CBD is very low.
There is currently no cure or treatment to stop CBD’s progression but medication and various therapies can relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.