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Auntie has DLB

Ever heard of DLB? It seems that is what my auntie could have rather than Vascular Dementia. I am glad at last we have found someone who knows what they are talking about at last it is a relief to know what the disease is my wife and I and dealing with.

More on DLB below

Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a type of dementia that shares symptoms with both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. It may account for around 10 per cent of all cases of dementia. DLB tends to be mistakenly diagnosed as other conditions (that is, DLB is under-diagnosed). This factsheet describes the symptoms of DLB and how it is diagnosed, as well as the treatment and support available.
DLB is sometimes referred to by other names, including Lewy body dementia, Lewy body variant of Alzheimer’s disease, diffuse Lewy body disease, cortical Lewy body disease, and senile dementia of Lewy body type. All these terms essentially refer to the same disorder.
Lewy bodies
Lewy bodies, named after the doctor who first identified them, are tiny deposits of protein in nerve cells. Researchers don’t have a full understanding of why Lewy bodies appear in the brain, or exactly how they contribute to dementia. However, their presence is linked to low levels of important chemical messengers (mainly acetylcholine and dopamine) and to a loss of connections between nerve cells. Over time, there is progressive death of nerve cells and loss of brain tissue.
Lewy bodies are the underlying cause of several progressive diseases affecting the brain and nervous system, notably DLB and Parkinson’s disease. Together, these are sometimes called Lewy body disorders.

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