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Lewy body dementia

Lewy body dementia is a form of dementia which, like Parkinson's disease , is caused by deposits of so-called Lewy bodies in certain parts of the brain. These deposits impair the function of nerve cells and can lead to a variety of cognitive, motor and autonomic symptoms.

Symptoms of Lewy body dementia can vary greatly from person to person, but common signs include:

  • Problems with memory and thinking

  • confusion and disorientation

  • hallucinations and delusions

  • motor symptoms such as shaking movements or stiffness or Parkinson's symptoms

  • Problems with balance and coordination

  • Excessive drowsiness or excessive sleep

  • Difficulties with language and speaking

  • depression and anxiety

It's important to note that the symptoms of Lewy body dementia are often very similar to those of other forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer's dementia or vascular dementia. However, an exact diagnosis can only be made by a thorough neurological examination and by the clinical course of the disease .

There is currently no cure for Lewy body dementia, but there are treatable symptoms that can vary from person to person. Some of the most common treatments include:

  • Medicines to reduce hallucinations and delusions

  • Drugs to improve motor function

  • Antidepressants and anxiety medications

  • Therapy and support for managing cognitive and emotional symptoms

  • Physiotherapy and exercises to improve motor function

  • Care and support for care and nursing

It is important that sufferers and their families receive careful early care and treatment to slow the progression of the disease and improve their quality of life.

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