What are the signs and symptoms in your parents thatwould likely be the diagnosis of Lewy body dementia?

Lewy Body Dementia. Lewy body dementia (dlb) is a progressive brain disease with cognitive, behavioral, and motor system deterioration similar to that seen in parkinson's disease. Features include visual hallucinations, a fluctuating course, disorientation, and executive and visuospatial dysfunction with relatively spared language & memory function. Apathy, irritability, depression, and agitation are also common.
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.
Memory problems. And visual hallucinations.
Hallucinations. Are the symptom everyone thinks about but there are many different types of symptoms. Delusions, memory retrieval problems, perseveration, frequent falls, tremor, trouble interpreting visual information and many others are also common. Lbd or dlb is also common in those with alzheimers. A geriatric psychiatrist can help sort through the diagnosis with you.

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Signs and symptoms or diagnosis of Lewy body dementia?

Lewy body dementia. Involves the memory problems of any dementia as well as sleep disturbance early, well formed visual hallucinations and muscle ridigity or parkinsonian movement features. Read more...
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...
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...