Dementia With Lewy Bodies (cont.)
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Dementia with Lewy Bodies Follow-up
After dementia with Lewy bodies has been diagnosed and treatment begun, the individual requires regular check-ups with his or her health-care professional.
Eventually the person with dementia with Lewy bodies will become unable to care for himself or herself, or even to make decisions about his or her care.
Your health-care professional can advise you about legal arrangements that should be made to ensure that these wishes are observed.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies Prevention
There is no known way to prevent dementia with Lewy bodies. Being alert for symptoms and signs may allow earlier diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate treatment can slow or relieve symptoms in some people.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies Prognosis
Like other types of degenerative dementia such as Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies is gradually progressive.
The rate of progression varies considerably, but most people die within 5-7 years after their disease is diagnosed. The cause of death is usually a complication of the disease.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/10/2016
Howard A Crystal, MD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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