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Postby joyf » Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:08 pm

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Postby YourOwnChoice » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:47 pm

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Postby YourOwnChoice » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:48 pm

This sheet tells you about a condition called Lewy body disease which is a cause of dementia very similar to Alzheimer's disease. It differs both in the precise nature of the symptoms and in the damage that is found in the brain after death.

There is no cure or treatment specifically for Lewy body disease. However, other drugs may help with some of the symptoms.

Lewy body disease is a dementia which is caused by damage in the brain. It is similar to Alzheimer's disease, but symptoms are typically different on close examination, with different signs found in the brain after death. The cause is unknown.

Lewy body disease has relatively recently been accepted as a separate disease in its own right.

The disease gets its name because of the deposits which are found in the brain after death (named after the doctor who first wrote about them). Lewy bodies are round deposits which contain damaged nerve cells. They are probably formed as the cells try to protect themselves from attack.

It is increasingly important to diagnose such conditions accurately as new drugs are developed which may be more effective in some types of dementia than in others.

What are the symptoms?
The dementia associated with Lewy body disease affects:

memory
language
the ability to judge distances
the ability to carry out simple actions
the ability to reason.
People with this form of dementia suffer hallucinations for example seeing a person or pet on a bed or a chair when nothing is there.

They may suffer from falls for no apparent reason, because their ability to judge distances and make movements and actions accurately is disrupted.

They may develop some Parkinson type symptoms such as slowness of movement, stiffness and tremor. In a few cases heart rate and blood pressure are affected. The abilities of the affected person often fluctuate from hour to hour, and over weeks and months. This sometimes causes carers to think that the person is putting on their confusion.

What diagnostic tests are there ?
The main tool in diagnosing this form of dementia is by taking a careful history of the pattern of symptoms, and by excluding other possible causes such as vascular dementia. A scan may reveal degeneration of the brain, but the Lewy bodies can only be discovered after death.

You may see the condition described as cortical Lewy body disease. This is because Lewy bodies may also be found in a different area of the brain (the brain stem) in people who have Parkinson's disease but no extensive dementia. In fact Lewy bodies are also sometimes found in the brains of people who have Alzheimer's disease, and it is possible that some people suffer from both conditions.

Is treatment possible ?
There is no cure for Lewy body disease, and it usually ends in death, often progressing more quickly than Alzheimer's. Some people respond to the dopamine replacement drugs which are used to treat Parkinson's disease particularly if there are Parkinsonian symptoms.

It is important that people with Lewy body disease avoid neuroleptic tranquilliser drugs, which can cause severe side-effects, or even death. Although there is no cure, there are grounds for hope that drugs will be developed to delay the onset of symptoms in a significant proportion of patients.

As with other dementias, there are strategies for daily life which can help in the early stages. These include keeping to a set routine, providing written or 'alarm call' reminders and providing reassurance. Speech and language therapists can help people who are having difficulty in finding the right words or in following conversations. As the condition deteriorates these strategies become less
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Postby YourOwnChoice » Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:48 pm

What is Lewy Body Dementia?
Facts
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a progressive brain disease and the second leading cause of degenerative dementia in the elderly. The clinical name, “dementia with Lewy bodies” (DLB), accounts for up to 20% of all dementia cases, or 800,000 patients in the US. Over 50% of Parkinson’s disease patients develop “Parkinson’s disease dementia” (PDD), which accounts for at least 750,000 patients. (PDD is also a Lewy body dementia.)

Other names for the Lewy body dementias are:

Lewy body disease (LBD)
Diffuse lewy body disease (DLBD)
Cortical Lewy body disease (CLBD)
Lewy body Variant of Alzheimer's (LBV)(LBVA)
Parkinson's disease with dementia (PDD)
In the early 1900’s, while researching Parkinson's disease, the scientist Friederich H. Lewy discovered abnormal protein deposits that disrupt the brain's normal functioning. These Lewy body proteins are found in an area of the brain stem where they deplete the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing Parkinsonian symptoms. In Lewy body dementia, these abnormal proteins are diffuse throughout other areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex. The brain chemical acetylcholine is depleted, causing disruption of perception, thinking, and behavior. Lewy body dementia exists either in pure form, or in conjunction with other brain changes, including those typically seen in Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

Learn more about LBD symptoms.

http://www.lewybodydementia.org/lbdinfo.php
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Postby joyf » Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:28 am

Thank you sooo much Miki :)
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Postby joyf » Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:07 pm

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Postby joyf » Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:26 pm

I removed what was written out of respect to the person who died.

Her death DIDN'T DESERVE not even to be acknowledged here on mmh that I just wrote about today of which was a FAMILY MEMBER OF MINE

So it needed to be removed.
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Postby ModSquad » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:47 pm

Joy,

Sorry to hear of your loss, it is a very painful to go through when we have lost a loved one, I can relate (((hugs))) to you Joy...

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Postby faun » Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:01 pm

I am sorry for your loss also.
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Postby joyf » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:28 pm

Thank you.

Sorry for the abruptness, it really wasn't meant to be at all. Sometimes we lash out, say things we really don't mean at all at times because of other things...

all inside of me though what was going on, nothing about here..
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Thanks again O:)
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Postby faun » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:51 pm

I do understand
I really didn't have any information to add for you and then when I read of the death I was at a loss to express any feelings. I am sorry for that...

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