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My grandmother has a rare dementia -- lewey body?

My grandmother has a rare dementia -- lewey body?

Lewey body: This is one of many types of dementia. It is less common than alzheimer's type but not rare. ...Read more

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


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What do you advise if my grandpa was diagnosed with lewis body dementia?

What do you advise if my grandpa was diagnosed with lewis body dementia?

Sub specialty Neuro: Behavioral Neurologist and Neurologists who specialize in movement disorders have additional training and experience in dealing with Lewy Body Dementia. The approach to management must be individulaized based on how the condition is evolving over time. Many of the medications used for uncomplicated Parkinson's disease may make matters worse. Many general neurologists can also mange this condition ...Read more

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What is Lewy body dementia?

What is Lewy body dementia?

The essentials: Lewey body dementia is defined by three things, visual hallucinations in the absence of othr drugs, psych diagnoses and Parkinson's disease, memory loss and perodic confusion, you can have parkinson symptoms but don't have to. You also usually get behavorial problems and executive problems. The hallucinations tend to be quite vivid and complex. ...Read more

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What are the signs of Lewy body dementia?

What are the signs of Lewy body dementia?

Lewy Body Dementia: Symptoms include visual hallucinations, a fluctuating course of cognitive and behavior decline, extreme sensitivity to neuroleptic medications, disorientation, and organizational and visuospatial difficulties but relatively spared language and memory function. Sleep disturbance, agitation, depression, and parkinsonism (slow movements, tremors, and rigidity) are additional features. ...Read more

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In a nutshell, what is Lewy body dementia?

In a nutshell, what is Lewy body dementia?

Clinical Features: 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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What predisposes someone to Lewy body dementia?

What predisposes someone to Lewy body dementia?

Lewy Body risk: We don't have a clear answer for this yet. About 10% of cases are a familial variant and are directly inherited from one parent. The rest may be related to a combination of genes and environmental factors. But the main associated brain change (presence of clumps of alpha-synuclein protein) are also seen in other types of dementia, and so the underlying cause may be similar. ...Read more

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What is Lewy bodies dementia?

What is Lewy bodies dementia?

Clinical Features: Neurodegenerative, progressive d/o with  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=rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep. ...Read more

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Is Lewy bodies dementia terminal?

Is Lewy bodies dementia terminal?

BUT, Rx available: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read more

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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 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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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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What type of mutation causes dementia with lewd bodies?

What type of mutation causes dementia with lewd bodies?

Allele, not a mutant: It's not well understood, but often appears in those w/ Parkinson's, so a link with the PARK11 gene has been studied. Like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, most cases since not all end up w/ it LBD is not thought to be strongly inheredited. Yet LBD risk is heightened w/ inheritance of an allele. Info here: https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Dementia_with_Lewy_bodies ...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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What is the definition or description of: Dementia with Lewy bodies?

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 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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88 year old with dementia started having body spasms, she is sitting in a chair with sides and starts yelling I'm falling. Lasts under 30 seconds time?

88 year old with dementia started having body spasms, she is sitting in a chair with sides and starts yelling I'm falling. Lasts under 30 seconds time?

Dementia: You're describing part of dementia process whereby the body misinterprets sensations. Some people w/dementia are constantly eating b/c they can't remember that they just ate. Others refuse to eat b/c they feel full all the time. While you can't argue or use logic, you can try to reassure or distract. Ask pt's Family Doc or Geriatrician to evaluate for other/correctable causes of hallucinations. ...Read more

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I need more detials of Lewy body dementia?

The essentials: Lewey body dementia is defined by three things, visual hallucinations in the absence of othr drugs, psych diagnoses and Parkinson's disease, memory loss and perodic confusion, you can have parkinson symptoms but don't have to. You also usually get behavorial problems and executive problems. The hallucinations tend to be quite vivid and complex. ...Read more

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What are likely signs of Lewy body dementia?

What are likely signs of Lewy body dementia?

Intermittent: The first symptoms often are haucinations or delusions. At some point there are some motor stmptoms similsr to parkinson's disease. There is waxing and waning of symptoms on a daily basis. ...Read more

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What does Lewy body dementia mean?

Type of dementia.: Lewy bodies are a specific type of protein clumps that can accumulate in many places. When they accumulate in the brain, dementia with lewy bodies can occur. It is actually a somewhat common type of neurodegenerative dementia, second only to the more famous alzheimer's disease. If you like, you can look at: www. Lbda. Org for more information. ...Read more

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Where to go for Lewy body dementia help?

Where to go for Lewy body dementia help?

Several: You could make an appointment with a neurologist, a gerontologist or a geriatric psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What symptoms suggest Lewy body dementia?

What symptoms suggest Lewy body dementia?

Clinical Features: 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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Are there medications used to treat Lewy body dementia?

Are there medications used to treat Lewy body dementia?

Yes, brief details:: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read more

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Lewy body: what will life be like when dementia worsens?

Lewy body: what will life be like when dementia worsens?

BUT, Rx Available!!: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read more

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Does anyone know anything about dementia with Lewy body?

Dementia with Lewey: Bodies is a type of dementia characterized by visual hallucinations, parkinsonian features and changes in alertness. ...Read more

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Please name some medications to treat Lewy body dementia?

Please name some medications to treat Lewy body dementia?

Good Rx Available!!!: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read more

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Want to help keep quality of life after diagnosis of dementia (Lewy bodies)?

Want to help keep quality of life after diagnosis of dementia (Lewy bodies)?

Understand disease: 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