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Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)

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.

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Last Updated: December 05, 2012
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