Hollyoaks' Ollie Morgan is tested for FTD gene in emotional scenes

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Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Hollyoaks' Luke Morgan was diagnosed with FTD back in 2019, but now it's Ollie's turn to potentially face a life-changing diagnosis.

In an emotional upcoming episode next week (December 1), Ollie will have to have himself tested for the gene to check if it's been passed down to him by his father.

Luke (Gary Lucy) found out from an MRI scan that he had shrinkage at the front of his brain, caused by FTD Pick's disease, also known as frontotemporal dementia.

"It's a problem with your brain cells, causing a decline in behaviour, speech, memory and movement," the doctor told him, when he was diagnosed. "Your tendency towards impulsivity and irrationality over the last few months is likely to have been caused by the condition."

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Sadly, the disease is one that can progress rapidly and there is currently no known cure.

Next week, concerns for Luke's health grow after he becomes obsessed with finding his friend Darren (Ashley Taylor Dawson), who is still being held captive at the hotel. But he accidentally upsets Nancy (Jessica Fox) and Cindy (Stephanie Waring) in the search process.

Later, Luke worries in the village over hurting the people he loves most.

Luke is hospitalised with mild hypothermia because he spent the night in the cold, which leaves Cindy to question that it might be Luke's impulsive decisions that kill him rather than his illness.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

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Ollie (Gabriel Clark), who recently returned to Chester after rehab, has booked a scan of his own to determine whether he has inherited the FTD gene as well. At the last moment, the teen becomes unsure whether he wants to go through with it, not wanting to know the result.

Ollie eventually does receives his test results to determine if he has inherited the FTD gene. What will he find out?

Later, Ollie continues to bond with neighbour Becky (Katie McGlynn), yet her conspiracy theories and extreme beliefs could cause trouble.

Hollyoaks airs these scenes on Wednesday, December 1, Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

If you would like more information or support about Pick's disease/frontotemporal dementia, please click here for guidance from Rare Dementia, or click here to learn more about the Alzheimer's Society.

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