After almost a year since Bruce Willis’ retirement from acting due to aphasia, his family has confirmed that his condition has progressed to frontotemporal dementia.
“Since we announced Bruce’s diagnosis of aphasia in spring 2022, Bruce’s condition has progressed and we now have a more specific diagnosis: frontotemporal dementia (known as FTD),” the statement says on The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration website. “Unfortunately, challenges with communication are just one symptom of the disease Bruce faces. While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis.”
Frontotemporal degeneration is generally caused by the loss of progressive nerve cells in the frontal lobes or temporal lobes of the brain. According to the statement, there is no way to treat the condition as of the moment but his family hopes that this diagnosis will bring more awareness and research to it.
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