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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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What is the definition or description of: Dementia with Lewy bodies?

Dementia types: Dementia is an umbrella term. Meaning that under the concept of dementia there exists at least 6 different types..Alzheimer's, Vascular, Lewy Body, Baleines, Pugilistic and Picks Disease. Many of these are the different causes of Dementia, with similar consequences. Some are hereditary and some are caused by head injury or stroke. ...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?

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?

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?

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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My father has dementia with Lewy bodies. What does this mean?

My father has dementia with Lewy bodies. What does this mean?

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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My mother has dementia with Lewy bodies. What is it in a nutshell?

Dementia: It is a form of progressive dementia, like alzheimer's dementia. The patient may have hallucinations and parkinson's disease like symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about dementia with Lewy bodies?

A degenerating brain: Disease, similar to alzheimer's, but not the same - specific diagnosis only at autopsy to my knowlege. ...Read more

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As hallucinations get worse what happens next with someone who has dementia with Lewy bodies. Sees stick people and animals all over in and out side?

Slow progression: Lewy body disease has a number of symptoms including parkinsonian type movements, memory problems, waxing and waning alertness and awareness, visual hallucinations and delusions. Find a local healthcare provider to assist you. ...Read more

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How will having dementia with Lewy bodies affect my long-term health?

How will having dementia with Lewy bodies affect my long-term health?

Poorly: Lewy body demential, like alzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder of the brain. Some medications may slow the progress of early disease. Please consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

Eventually, yes: Lbd is not the same as alzheimers. However, there also is no cure, and it is progressive - either slow or rapid. So, it is terminal but an average life expectancy after DX is 5-7 yrs. The worst of it is that the symptoms are quite difficult to manage and few families can avoid residential care. Here's a link: http://www.Lbda.Org/content/role-palliative-and-hospice-care-in-lbd. Hope you find help! ...Read more

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What do Lewy bodies have to do with dementia?

What do  Lewy bodies have to do with dementia?

See below: Lewy bodies are accumulated bits of alpha-synuclein protein. They accumulate inside the nuclei of neurons. The areas of the brain where these proteins accumulate will be affected and in turn will affect aspects of functioning that this part of the brain control, either memory or motor control, or both. . More info: http://www.Alzinfo.Org/07/about-alzheimers/other-forms-of-dementia#dlb. ...Read more

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Is Lewy bodies dementia the same thing as alzheimers?

Is Lewy bodies dementia the same thing as alzheimers?

Different pathology: Neurodegenerative d/o featuring milder physical parkinsonism than parkinson's disease typically. (slowed movements, stiff/rigid muscles & posture, possibly resting tremor). But with early dementia, often with associated psychosis (visual hallucinations, delusional thoughts), excessive sleepiness, depression/anxiety/apathy, & rbd. Rbd = rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control ...Read more