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Dysphasic dementia, hereditary

Dysphasic dementia, hereditary: Introduction

Lewy body dementia is a type of dementia and a seriously disabling neurodegenerative disease of the brain. Lewy body dementia has similarities to Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Lewy body dementia progressively damages and destroys such cognitive processes as memory, orientation, and speech and also can affect movement. There is no cure for Lewy body dementia.

Lewy body dementia is caused by the development of abnormal protein deposits in the nerve cells. These deposits are called Lewy bodies and eventually lead to the death of the nerve cell. The risk for developing Lewy body dementia increases with age, especially over age 50.

Symptoms of Lewy body dementia include forgetfulness and other problems with memory that become progressively worse. Disorientation, poor judgement, speech difficulties, personality changes, and difficulty completing familiar tasks also occur. Symptoms of Lewy body dementia eventually progress to become severely disabling. Symptoms of Lewy body dementia are similar to those of Alzheimer's disease, but there are key differences. For more details on symptoms and complications, refer to symptoms of Lewy body dementia.

There is no specific diagnostic test that can detect Lewy body dementia. Diagnosis is based on symptoms. Making a diagnosis includes performing a variety of tests and assessments that evaluate the brain and can rule out other causes of symptoms, such as vascular dementia or delirium. Diagnosis and treatment may require the collaboration of a variety of providers, including a primary care physician, neurologist, psychiatrist, and/or psychologist.

The diagnostic process begins with taking a thorough personal and family history, including symptoms, and completing a physical examination. This includes a neurological exam. A neurological exam evaluates the nerves and nervous system and such functions as reflexes, sensation, movement, balance, coordination, vision, and hearing.

Commonly used tests include a mini-mental state examination (MMSE), which evaluates mental function by assessing the answers provided to a series of questions. Imaging tests used to help make a diagnosis include CT and MRI, which provide information about the structure of the brain and help to rule-out other causes of symptoms.

It is possible that a diagnosis of Lewy body dementia can be missed or delayed. Symptoms are similar to symptoms of other diseases and conditions. For more information about diseases and conditions that can mimic Lewy body dementia, refer to misdiagnosis of Lewy body dementia.

Lewy body dementia is not curable, and at this time there are no treatments that can slow the advancement of the disease. However, there are some medications that may help to reduce some symptoms and maximize independence and the quality of life. For more information on treatment, refer to treatment of Lewy body dementia. ...more »

Dysphasic dementia, hereditary: An inherited form of dementia caused by nerve degeneration. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Dysphasic dementia, hereditary is available below.

Dysphasic dementia, hereditary: Symptoms

The symptoms of Lewy body dementia are similar to those of Alzheimer's disease. Similar symptoms include disorientation, and a slowing of the thinking and learning processes, and problems with memory, speaking and communicating, and behavior control. This can lead to social withdrawal, difficulties completing familiar tasks, such as dressing and paying bills, and wandering and ...more symptoms »

Dysphasic dementia, hereditary: Treatments

There are currently no treatments that can cure or stop the progression of Lewy body dementia. The care of people with Lewy body dementia is aimed at minimizing symptoms and maximizing independence and the quality of life as much as possible. There are some medications that may help to manage some symptoms. Medications may include drugs that can help with ...more treatments »

Dysphasic dementia, hereditary: Misdiagnosis

A diagnosis of Lewy body dementia may be delayed or missed because symptoms may be associated with the normal aging process. In addition, symptoms of Lewy body dementia can mimic symptoms of a variety of diseases, disorders or conditions, especially Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Other diseases, disorders or conditions with similar symptoms include psychosis, TIA, ...more misdiagnosis »

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Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Dysphasic dementia, hereditary as a "rare disease".
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