Morehouse School of Medicine's Dr. Walter Royal Discusses Bruce Willis’ Rare Dementia Diagnosis

Director of MSM's Neuroscience Institute explains causes of frontotemporal dementia

By Meghan Packer, Atlanta News First

The family of legendary actor, producer, and philanthropist Bruce Willis recently announced that Willis' aphasia has progressed, and he was recently diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, also known as frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). The news of his diagnosis has sent shockwaves around the movie industry and fans all over the world.

Dr. Walter Royal III is a neurologist and the director of the Neuroscience Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and chair of the Neurobiology Department. In an interview with Atlanta News First, Dr. Royal explained that FTD is caused by progressive nerve cell loss to the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes.

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