Dementia

06 November 2007

Dementia with Lewy bodies

Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a dementia condition which consists of fluctuating cognitive impairment, Parkinson-like symptoms and hallucinations (usually visual).

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Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a dementia condition which consists of fluctuating cognitive impairment, Parkinson-like symptoms and hallucinations (usually visual).

People with DLB are extremely sensitive to antipsychotics (also known as neuroleptics). These medications should be avoided.

Cholinesterase inhibitors (ChE-I) are the treatment of choice. ChE-I will improve cognitive functions and often also behavioural disturbances.

For more information visit: Dementia SA: http://www.dementiasa.org/ or Alzheimer’s South Africa: http://www.alzheimers.org.za

 

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