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Doctor insights on: Are There Alternative Therapies For Dementia With Lewy Bodies

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Are there alternative therapies for dementia with Lewy bodies?

Are there alternative therapies for dementia with Lewy bodies?

Not easily managable: It has to be treated pharmacologically. Without it, this individual may be danger to self. The treatment has to be individualize to prevent further symptoms and progression of disease. There are no good data that alternative therapies like vitamins and herbal that have shown to be effective. The only thing i could think of would be enviromental modification and maintain socialization + stimulation. ...Read more

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Lewy Bodies (Definition)

That are seen inside some brain cell's nucleus. Lewy bodies were described by dr lewy and named after him. You need a microscope to see them. They are found in the brain cells of those with {arkinson's disease and lewy body dementia. They can also be found in other diseases also, ...Read more


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How would a doctor treat himself if he had dementia with Lewy bodies?

How would a doctor treat himself if he had dementia with Lewy bodies?

I would: See my doctor, a neurologist and a psychiatrist and allow them to treat me. The first thing we learn is that to treat someone, you must be objective. Hence, you do not treat yourself, your friends or you family! ...Read more

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

Hallucinations etc: Both Alzheimer's disease (AD) & dementia w/Lewy bodies (DLB) are different types of dementia w/memory loss in common. DLB presents w/hallucinations earlier in its course compared to AD. DLB also has Parkinsonian features such as tremors & stiffness early on while Parkinson's disease presents in reverse. Check out http://www.alz.org/health-care-professionals/differential-diagnosis-lewy-bodies.asp ...Read more

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Are there tests to confirm the doctor's diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies?

Dementia: Unfortunately, the only definitive test for dementia with lewy bodies (dlb) is to obtain brain tissue. Thus, most confirmations come following autopsy. Imaging studies, such as mri's, fmri's, and pet scans can provide helpful information to support the diagnosis, but at this time dlb remains primarily a diagnosis based upon clinical findings. ...Read more

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My doctor thinks I might have dementia with Lewy bodies. Wants more info to confirm, but I am worried. What exactly is it?

My doctor thinks I might have dementia with Lewy bodies. Wants more info to confirm, but I am worried. What exactly is it?

Need specialist eval: Lewy body dementia (dlb) is a progressive brain disorder that involves cognitive, behavioral, and motor system deterioration similar to that seen in parkinson's disease. It is not the same as alzheimer's, but presentations can overlap. People with dlb are often very sensitive to medications, especially those given for hallucinations. A neuropsychiatrist or neurologist can best help manage this. ...Read more

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Who gets dementia with Lewy bodies?

Who gets dementia with Lewy bodies?

Parkinsons & Lewy: Dementia with lewy bodies can be seen in patients with parkinson's disease, usually appearing about 2 or more yrs following the tremor onset. Alternatively, some patients seem to present first with the dementia and later the parkinsons signs. Both groups are younger than patients with alzheimer's disease, are far more often males, and may have some loose genetic susceptibilities. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies?

Lewy body dementia: Is a type of cognitive decline hallmarked by recurrent visual hallucinations, spontaneous extrapyramidal symptoms, and cognitive fluctuations. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is dementia with Lewy bodies?

Less well known: Lewy body dementia often starts with visual hallucinations and as it progresses a person develops some of movement problems seen in parkinsons disease. Memory retrieval is slowed. There is a waxing and waning of symptoms throughout the day. A person can have lbd and alzheimers at the same time. ...Read more

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Please tell me more about dementia with Lewy bodies?

Common dementia: Lewy body dementia may be the second most common form or dementia, but infreqently diagnosed. It presents with parkinsonian features(rigidity, gait impairment), but also commonly with visual hallucinations. Besides memory loss, there may be frequent falls and variability in alertness and cognition .Lbd presents behavioral problems (agitation, depression, etc) + sensitivity to meds used to treat. ...Read more

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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more