Dementia with Lewy bodies

Overview

Although dementia with Lewy bodies is a common form of dementia, many people have never heard of it. Its symptoms aren’t as easy to identify as Alzheimer’s disease, so it can be hard to diagnose. The person’s short term memory may be not be affected to begin with and their abilities may vary from day to day.

Symptoms that might make a doctor think that someone has dementia with Lewy boies are:

  • hallucinations
  • fluctuating cognition
  • symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease

It is very important that people with Lewy body dementia are diagnosed early and accurately. This is because they can have a serious reaction to anti-psychotic drugs (strong tranquillisers) if they are prescribed them.

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