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Common Features & Symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia

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Common Features/Symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia

aka Dementia with Lewy bodies

Associated with Lewy bodies, which are abnormal protein deposits that form clumps in the brain and disrupt brain signals.  

  • Delusions
  • Visual hallucinations  
  • Sleep disturbances and disorders such as REM sleep behavior disorder and insomnia
  • Parkinson-like symptoms such as slowed or stiff movements, tremors, shuffling gait, stooped posture, and overall loss of coordination
  • Difficulty with multi-tasking  
  • Deficits in problem solving and judgment  
  • At increased risk for orthostatic hypotension due to impairments in involuntary functions such as the regulation of blood pressure  
  • Difficulty regulating body temperature  
  • At increased risk for apathy, depression, anxiety, and agitation

Important Notes: People with Lewy Body Dementia tend to be extremely sensitive to antipsychotic medications. In fact, 60% of people with Lewy Body Dementia experience worsening Parkinson-like symptoms, sedation, impaired swallowing, or neuroleptic malignant syndrome—which is basically where the person develops a fever, increased rigidity, and a breakdown of their muscles and leads to kidney failure, which can be life-threatening.

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