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NYC clinic specializes in Lewy body dementia care

09/29/2010

New York University’s Langone Medical Center has established a specialty clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of Lewy body dementia (LBD) at its Center of Excellence on Brain Aging. The clinic, which is the first in the New York tri-state area, will offer comprehensive testing to aid in the early diagnosis of LBD. Because the symptoms of LBD are similar to other conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, LBD is often misdiagnosed. According to James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, the director of operations at the Center for Excellence on Brain Aging and a member of the Lewy Body Dementia Association’s Board of Directors, “Early, accurate diagnosis of LBD allows for timely treatment that may prolong quality of life and independence, and also allows caregivers the opportunity to prepare for long-term needs.”

The clinic features collaborative patient care teams including neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, internists, and geriatric specialists as well as social workers to provide support for caregivers. These specialized providers tailor treatments to individual patient needs. Patients at the clinic have access to advanced technologies including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans, sleep evaluations, and other lab studies and are able to participate in clinical research studies that are not available elsewhere.

For more information about the LBD clinic, click here.