DLB is a brain
disease that causes progressive changes with movement or thinking. In DLB,
abnormal structures called Lewy bodies form in certain areas of the brain.
Sometimes the symptoms of DLB resemble those of Parkinson’s disease—such as a
shuffling gait, tremor, and problems with movement. In other cases, symptoms
of DLB (such as confusion and memory loss) may mimic the symptoms of
Alzheimer’s disease. Often a combination of both
Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s symptoms appear together. These symptoms may occur
in DLB because the structures in the brain affected by DLB are similar to those
affected by Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. Some experts think that
DLB may be a form of Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease.
The progression of DLB is slow. Although there is no cure for DLB, treatment is
available to reduce symptoms of the disease.