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Current Issues in Diagnosis and Treatment

Written by members of LBDA's Scientific Advisory Council, these resources provide an excellent introduction to clinical  issues for both primary care physicians and specialists. Topics include:

  • LBD Places a High Toll on Families - Recent studies demonstrate that LBD families need considerable resources and assistance from healthcare professionals and other health-related agencies, possibly even more than patients with AD.
  • LBD is a Spectrum Disorder. - Lewy body dementia is an umbrella term for two related diagnoses - dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease dementia.
  • DLB and PDD Diagnostic Criteria - Lewy body dementias share essentially the same array of symptoms with a different temporal course.  View a side-by-side comparison of DLB and PDD and read about the specific diagnostic criteria of each.
  • Challenges in Diagnosing LBD - While LBDs are common, for every diagnosed case of dementia with Lewy bodies, 2 more cases go undiagnosed. 
  • Therapeutics - Comprehensive treatment of LBD symptoms can have a significant impact on the quality of life for both the person with LBD and their primary caregiver.
  • Emergency Room Treatment of Psychosis - Includes an overview on LBD, key considerations to take BEFORE treating behavioral dsturbances in LBD, and treatment options 
  • Caregiver Burden in Lewy Body Dementias - Nearly 80% of people with Lewy body dementias (LBD) received a diagnosis for a different cognitive, movement or psychiatric disorder before ultimately learning they had Lewy body dementia, according to LBD caregivers. Learn more about their experiences seeking medical care for LBD and the impact of being an LBD caregiver.