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What are the signs of Lewy body dementia?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: Intermittent

The first symptoms often are visual hallucinations or delusions (fixed false beliefs).
At some point there are some motor symptoms similsr to parkinson's disease. There is waxing and waning of symptoms on a daily basis. Falls are common and may be the first symptom noted. Mental rigidity can be a real problem. It is thought to be an illness related to Parkinson's Disease.

In brief: Intermittent

The first symptoms often are visual hallucinations or delusions (fixed false beliefs).
At some point there are some motor symptoms similsr to parkinson's disease. There is waxing and waning of symptoms on a daily basis. Falls are common and may be the first symptom noted. Mental rigidity can be a real problem. It is thought to be an illness related to Parkinson's Disease.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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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
Dr. Robert Hutchman
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