Dementia with Lewy bodies is a brain disease that causes
progressive loss of memory and the ability to think and plan. It is associated
with protein deposits called Lewy bodies in brain cells.
The main symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies are:
Fluctuating attention and alertness (the person
may be alert and then suddenly confused).
(can't find his or her way around usually familiar places).
hallucinations that are vivid and detailed.
Loss of ability to
recall long-term memories.
Some symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies are similar to those of
other brain diseases, such as loss of short-term memory or a shuffling walk.
Some people may have "Lewy body variant," a combination of Lewy bodies and
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology