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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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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 does Lewy body dementia mean?

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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When someone has had a stroke and it affects their judgment, what exactly does that mean?

When someone has had a stroke and it affects their judgment, what exactly does that mean?

Frontal disconnect: I can't answer for the whoever quoted that phrase to you but as a neurologist when someone says "judgment" was affected by a stroke it makes me think of impulsiveness, lack of concentration, or acting without considering consequences. If you'd like to share more information with me on this case write to me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi and input Key Code PDXFNR to set up an appointment ...Read more

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What are the things that happen when one has Parkinson's disease? How does it progress?

What are the things that happen when one has Parkinson's disease? How does it progress?

Parkinson: The blunting of affect, slow mobility, tremors & stiffness can affect moods & present with depression & despair, also effect of some medications used can add to that, along with quality of life issues. ...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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When someone says they have 'brain fog' what does that mean?

When someone says they have 'brain fog' what does that mean?

"Brain fog": You'd have to ask the specific person who says it, to be sure. Many people who use this term say they feel confused, have a bad memory, go into a room and forget why they're there, can't make decisions, feel overwhelmed when posed with thinking tasks, etc. Some (not all) people using this term may have chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or are receiving chemotherapy ("chemo brain"). ...Read more

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What happens if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

What happens if an elderly person has hallucinations because of a uti, does it mean they have dementia/alzheimer's?

Likely at risk: Whether due to the toxic effects of an infection or reaction to medication, the presence of hallucinations is indicative of less compensatory ability and suggests underlying risk for further cognitive issues. Good to evaluate further as underlying low level dementia might be present and could benefit from therapy. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when someone with schizophrenia laughs at nothing?

What exactly does it mean when someone with schizophrenia laughs at nothing?

Internal stimuli: When people who are suffering from schizophrenia are struggling with internal experiences that have no correspondence to their environment they will appear to be behaving in a bizarre manner. When they hear a voice saying a humorous statement or see a visual hallucination that is silly they may respond with laughter. Their impulse control and social awareness may be compromised as well. ...Read more

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What happens if someone got alzheimer;s disease, does it cause your brain not functioning or does it kill the brain cells?

What happens if someone got alzheimer;s disease, does it cause your brain not functioning or does it kill the brain cells?

Yes.: The brain cells die causing neurofibrillary tangles with amyloid deposits that completely destroy the architecture of the brain and destroys the communicating system between the brain and the rest of the body hence they are confused, forgetful and agitated because everything is always new to them. In the latter stages, they can't feed themselves, lose function of bladder and bowel. ...Read more

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What does it mean when our body has natural antibody?

What does it mean when our body has natural antibody?

Exposure: Basically, this your body's memory protein and tells us that, at some point, you've been exposed to the agent (e.g. Virus, substance, etc...). You should check with your doctor/lab about the significance of specific values. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone is in icu with pancreitis and theyre taking dead tissue out, is that gangrene? And will this person survive it?

What does it mean when someone is in icu with pancreitis and theyre taking dead tissue out, is that gangrene? And will this person survive it?

Pancreatitis.: Severe pancreatits leads to necrotic pancreatic tissue which is usually removed by drainage or open surgery..When a patient is in ICU it usually suggests severe pancreatitis. ...Read more

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What does it mean when an old adult experiences sundowning, but has no other signs of alzheimer's?

What does it mean when an old adult experiences sundowning, but has no other signs of alzheimer's?

See below: Sundowning is not a normal feature of aging, and can be associated with medication rxtns, sleep disorders, nutritional deficiencies, as well as associations with alzheimer's and other dementias. Need to get this assessed and handled, as could worsen fairly rapidly. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a brain tumor is in remission?

What does it mean when a brain tumor is in remission?

No evidence of tumor: It means that there is no evidence of active disease as assessed by an MRI and perhaps a pet scan. This does not mean that there is not micropscopic disease which can grow--hence the rationale for surveillance scans to monitor the status of the patient. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say people with borderline personality disorder know how to mirror someone?

What does it mean when they say people with borderline personality disorder know how to mirror someone?

Mirroring: In child development, mirroring between mother and child is a marker of loving empathy between them. Matching the child's needs with engaged face expressions, vocal tones, ; affection, the mother validates the child's age-appropriate need to be special. We still have some of these needs as adults. Bpd people are able to unconsciously tune into ; mirror their partner as an ideal, special person. ...Read more

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I've heard that sundowning may happen with dementia. What is sundowning and how is it treated?

I've heard that sundowning may happen with dementia. What is sundowning and how is it treated?

The term "sundowning" refers to a state of confusion at the end of the day and into the night: Sundowning can cause a variety of behaviors, such as confusion, anxiety, aggression or ignoring directions. Sundowning can also lead to pacing or wandering. Sundowning isn't a disease, but a group of symptoms that occur at a specific time of the day that may affect people with dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease. The exact cause of this behavior is unknown. Fatigue, Low lighting, Increased shadows, Disruption of the body's "internal clock", Difficulty separating reality from dreams. Try to maintain a predictable routine for bedtime, waking, meals and activities. , Plan for activities and exposure to light during the day to encourage nighttime sleepiness. , Limit daytime napping. , Limit caffeine and sugar to morning hours. , Keep a night light on to reduce agitation that occurs when surroundings are dark or unfamiliar. , In the evening, try to reduce background noise and stimulating activities, including TV viewing, which can sometimes be upsetting. , In a strange or unfamiliar setting, bring familiar items — such as photographs — to create a more relaxed, familiar setting. , Play familiar gentle music in the evening or relaxing sounds of nature, such as the sound of waves. , Talk with your loved one's doctor if you suspect an underlying condition, such as a urinary tract infection or sleep apnea, might be worsening sundowning behavior. . Some research suggests that a low dose of melatonin — a naturally occurring hormone that induces sleepiness — alone or in combination with exposure to bright light during the day may help ease sundowning. When sundowning occurs in a care facility, it may be related to the flurry of activity during staff shift changes or the lack of structured activities in the late afternoon and evening. Staff arriving and leaving may cue some people with Alzheimer's to want to go home or to check on their children — or other behaviors that were appropriate in the late afternoon in their past. It may help to occupy their time with another activity during that period. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your body twitches unexpectantly?

What does it mean when your body twitches unexpectantly?

Not much usually: This symptom is so common, that unless you are having lots of twitches, cramps or muscle weakness, don't worry about it. ...Read more

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What does it mean when leisons in the liver lose density?

What does it mean when leisons in the liver lose density?

Hypodense means: less dense than the surrounding tissues. the commonest cause is liver cysts, but can also be abscesses, hemangiomas, adenomas and some types of malignancies. a lot depends on the number and size - may need a dedicated liver scan (CT or MRI). ...Read more

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What does it the mean when a person's sighs?

What does it the mean when a person's sighs?

Normal physiology: People sigh for many reasons. Most commonly it is a natural physiologic response much like a yawn or sneeze and doesn't mean anything. Sometimes people sigh when they are upset or tired or sad, but this is not necessarily the case. ...Read more

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When your iron is too high, what does it affect? And when drs refer to flush your blood, what does that mean and hows it done?

When your iron is too high, what does it affect? And when drs refer to flush your blood, what does that mean and hows it done?

Hemochromatosis: High iron can cause hemochromatosis (accumulation of too much iron in the liver) this is not good. Phlebotomy (removal of blood. Like when you donate blood) is sometimes needed to decrease iron levels. ...Read more

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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