Lewy Body Dementia: Unrecognized And Misdiagnosed

Lewy Body Dementia: Unrecognized And Misdiagnosed


A brain is one of the organs in the human body which is prone for different diseases, of which a few are easily recognised and diagnosed and treated whereas the rest are tough in all factors. A few diseases are very common and a few are not certain diseases though are common but still tough to diagnose, one such condition is LEWY BODY DEMENTIA!!

According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, it takes about 3 doctors and about 18 months to diagnose Lewy Body Dementia. Most of the time, the diagnosis of LBD is missed as the symptoms are similar to Alzheimer’s disease. Let us know more about the disease –

What is Lewy Body Dementia? In the early 1900s, while studying about other neurodegenerative diseases, tiny deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein were found in brain cells, which were later named by the doctor who identified as Lewy bodies. Lewy bodies are found in LBD as wells as Parkinson’s but the location where they are seen differs in both the conditions. It is found to spread throughout the cerebral cortex in LBD!

The exact mechanism of development of these bodies are not clear, it is associated with decreased levels of acetylcholine and dopamine – nerve cell damage and brain tissue damage!

Symptoms of LBD – Mimic Parkinson’s and include – visual hallucinations, sleep disturbances, blood pressure, bowel abnormalities, agitation, mood symptoms!

Diagnosis of LBD – There is no single test for early diagnosis of the disease. The normal tests are the only means to rule out other conditions and conclude as LBD!

A recent study has shown that about 80% of patients with LBD are misdiagnosed. Delayed diagnosis results in delayed treatment and thus complicating lives of people with LBD!

Delayed diagnosis results in delayed treatment, thus certain medications which are highly sensitive also turns to be no benefit. Thus making the disease tough to handle!! Thus it is essential for early diagnosis and treatment!!



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