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Dementia With Lewy Bodies (cont.)

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.

  • These check-ups allow the health-care professional to see how well treatment is working and make adjustments as necessary.
  • They allow detection of new medical and behavior problems that could benefit from treatment.
  • These visits also give the family caregiver(s) an opportunity to discuss problems in the individual’s care.

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.

  • It is best for the person to discuss future care arrangements with family members as early as possible, so that his or her wishes can be clarified and documented for the future.

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.

  • Dementia with Lewy bodies eventually affects a person's job performance. Many people with dementia with Lewy bodies take early retirement from their jobs.
  • The person with dementia with Lewy bodies will eventually lose his or her ability to drive safely. Driving privileges should be addressed by the caregivers and care team.
  • Eventually the person will lose the ability to care for himself or herself.
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies shortens life expectancy.

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.

  • People with the disease develop severe dementia and eventually may have only limited ability to move.
  • They are at risk of falls because of poor balance and walking difficulties.
  • Many have difficulties swallowing, which leads to poor nutrition and sometimes pneumonia (because food goes into the lungs instead of the stomach).
  • They eventually become immobile, which can lead to skin problems, pneumonia, and other complications.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/10/2016
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Frederick Lewy first described Lewy bodies (LBs), cytoplasmic inclusions found in cells of the substantia nigra in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease, in 1914.

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