Lewy Body Dementia Questions & Answers

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Howard A Crystal, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What are the signs and symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What are the cognition and mental status findings in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

Which findings on physical exam are associated with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

Which lab studies are indicated in the workup of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

Which imaging studies are indicated in the workup of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

Which medications are used in the management of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

When were Lewy bodies first described and how has understanding of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) evolved over time?

What are the postmortem findings in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What is the relationship between dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Alzheimer disease?

What causes dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What psychotic symptoms are associated with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What is the role of genetics in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What is the incidence of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) in the US?

What is the international incidence of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What are the demographics of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What is the prognosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What are the comorbidities associated with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What educational information is available for patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and their caregivers?

Presentation

How is dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) clinically distinguished from Alzheimer disease?

What are the cognitive function findings in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What other physical exam findings are associated with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Lewy Body Dementia?

Workup

Which lab studies are indicated in the diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What are the CSF findings in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What other tests are indicated in the diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

Which imaging studies are indicated in the workup of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What are the histologic findings in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What is the role of the Lewy body composite risk score (LBCRS) in the diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

Treatment

Which drugs are used in the treatment of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

When is consultation with a dementia specialist indicated in the treatment of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What are the dietary restrictions for patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

What is the role pf physical therapy in the treatment of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)?

Medications

What is the role of medication in the treatment of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), and which drugs are used?

Which medications in the drug class Dopamine precursors are used in the treatment of Lewy Body Dementia?

Which medications in the drug class Benzodiazepines are used in the treatment of Lewy Body Dementia?

Which medications in the drug class Antidepressants are used in the treatment of Lewy Body Dementia?

Which medications in the drug class Antipsychotics, 2nd Generation are used in the treatment of Lewy Body Dementia?

Which medications in the drug class Cholinesterase Inhibitors are used in the treatment of Lewy Body Dementia?