Dementia With Lewy Bodies Topic Guide
Lewy Bodies Dementia (LBD): Dementia with Lewy bodies or Lewy body dementia is the name for a group of in which dementia is caused by the presence of Lewy bodies in the brain. The cause of formations of Lewy bodies in the brain is not known. Symptoms of dementia with lewy bodies include recent loss of memory, difficulty conentrating or paying attention, misperceptions of space and time, the inability to think or reason, anbnormal movements of Parkinson's disease, depression, delusions, agitation, and unexplained fainting. Treatment of dementia with Lewy bodies is focused on lifestyle changes, care for the individual with dementia with Lewy bodies, and medicaiton to manage symptoms.
Dementia is the loss of reasoning, memory, and other mental abilities. Dementia may be caused by irreversible causes such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's dementia, lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia. There are also treatable causes of dementia such as infections, head injury, normal hydrocephalus, and metabolic and hormonal disorders. Early symptoms of dementia include:
A variety of tests (blood tests, scans, assessment of family history) may be used to diagnose dementia. Treatment may include medication and behavioral therapy.
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