Lewy Body Disease
(Lewy Body Dementia; Dementia with Lewy Bodies)
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- Parkinson's disease
- Multiple system atrophy
- Alzheimer's disease
- Other disorders
- Fluctuations in alertness and attention—frequent drowsiness, lethargy, staring into space, disorganized speech, and insomnia
- Recurrent visual hallucinations
- Poor regulation of body temperature and blood pressure
- Obsessive compulsive behaviors
- Parkinsonian motor symptoms, such as rigidity or loss of spontaneous movement
- REM sleep behavior disorder
- Memory, language, and other cognitive tests
- Neuropsychological tests
- Patient and family interviews
- Imaging tests take pictures of internal bodily structures. This can be done with:
- You may need to have your bodily fluid tested. This can be done with blood tests.
- Cholinesterase inhibitors
- Glutamate blockers
Lewy Body Dementia Association http://www.lewybodydementia.org
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov
Alzheimer Society http://www.alzheimer.ca
Canadian Stroke Network http://www.canadianstrokenetwork.ca
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -