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What is Lewy body dementia?
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Dr. Brad Bobrin
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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 dont have to.
You also usually get behavorial problems and executive problems. The hallucinations tend to be quite vivid and complex.

In brief: 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 dont have to.
You also usually get behavorial problems and executive problems. The hallucinations tend to be quite vivid and complex.
Dr. Brad Bobrin
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Dementia
Dementia with lewy bodies is a leading cause of dementia and people with this have abnormal protein structures in certain parts of the brain.
Has similarities with both alzheimer's disease and parkinson's disease. Here's a good starting point for your research: http://sgoti.Ws/tqtza9.

In brief: Dementia
Dementia with lewy bodies is a leading cause of dementia and people with this have abnormal protein structures in certain parts of the brain.
Has similarities with both alzheimer's disease and parkinson's disease. Here's a good starting point for your research: http://sgoti.Ws/tqtza9.
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rapid Onset
Lewy body dementia is a type of brain disease where both cholinergic and dopaminergic neurons are destroyed causing impairment in cognitive and motor abilities.
Lewy bodies, clumps of proteins, can be seen in the brain at autopsy. This dementia usually progresses faster than other dementias and is very sensitive to antipsychotic medications. Often confused with alzheimer's or parkinson's disease.

In brief: Rapid Onset
Lewy body dementia is a type of brain disease where both cholinergic and dopaminergic neurons are destroyed causing impairment in cognitive and motor abilities.
Lewy bodies, clumps of proteins, can be seen in the brain at autopsy. This dementia usually progresses faster than other dementias and is very sensitive to antipsychotic medications. Often confused with alzheimer's or parkinson's disease.
Dr. Robert Woods
Dr. Robert Woods
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In brief: Brief Details.......
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.

In brief: Brief Details.......
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.
Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Dr. Jeff Seaman
good job. Evolving schema is now to call LBD if dementia onset before motor component of parkinson's, wherer as Parkinson's dementia is Parkinsonian movement symptoms before dementia.
Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
In brief: Lewy body diagnosis
Best distinguished from the other dementias by the presence of parkinsonian symptoms including rigidity, dysphagia (trouble swallowing), altered gait, and tremor.
Also, early on rather than later, psychotic symptoms may be prominent. Unfortunately, these patients do not tolerate antipsychotics very well. Namenda (memantine) - and maybe aricept- can provide relief. Biopsy or new scan sdefinititively diagnos.

In brief: Lewy body diagnosis
Best distinguished from the other dementias by the presence of parkinsonian symptoms including rigidity, dysphagia (trouble swallowing), altered gait, and tremor.
Also, early on rather than later, psychotic symptoms may be prominent. Unfortunately, these patients do not tolerate antipsychotics very well. Namenda (memantine) - and maybe aricept- can provide relief. Biopsy or new scan sdefinititively diagnos.
Dr. K. Olson
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