Lewy body dementia
Other Names for this Disease
- Autosomal dominant diffuse Lewy body disease
- Diffuse Lewy body disease
- Lewy body disease
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dementia. The central feature of this condition is progressive cognitive decline, combined with three additional defining features: (1) fluctuations in alertness and attention, such as frequent drowsiness, lethargy, lengthy periods of time spent staring into space, or disorganized speech; (2) recurrent visual hallucinations, and (3) parkinsonian motor symptoms, such as rigidity and the loss of spontaneous movement. Although the exact cause of this condition is unknown, symptoms result from the build-up of abnormal structures, called Lewy bodies, inside the brain. This condition usually occurs sporadically, in people with no known family history of the disease. However, rare familial cases have been reported.Lewy bodies dementia is one of the most common types of
Last updated: 1/12/2012
- NINDS Dementia With Lewy Bodies Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). December 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/dementiawithlewybodies/dementiawithlewybodies.htm. Accessed 1/12/2012.
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