Friday, December 29, 2006

Entry for December 29, 2006 - Lewy Body Dementia

As Promised First in a series on Lewy Body Dementia

Before I begin I would like you to visit the following site:

The following comes from Lewy Body site. Thank goodness for cut and paste it sure helps someone like me.

What is Lewy Body Dementia?

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a progressive brain disease and the second leading cause of degenerative dementia in the elderly. The clinical name, “dementia with Lewy bodies” (DLB), accounts for up to 20% of all dementia cases, or 800,000 patients in the US. Over 50% of Parkinson’s disease patients develop “Parkinson’s disease dementia” (PDD), which accounts for at least 750,000 patients. (PDD is also a Lewy body dementia.)

Other names for the Lewy body dementias are:

* Lewy body disease (LBD)
* Diffuse lewy body disease (DLBD)
* Cortical Lewy body disease (CLBD)
* Lewy body Variant of Alzheimer's (LBV)(LBVA)
* Parkinson's disease with dementia (PDD)

In the early 1900’s, while researching Parkinson's disease, the scientist Friederich H. Lewy discovered abnormal protein deposits that disrupt the brain's normal functioning. These Lewy body proteins are found in an area of the brain stem where they deplete the neurotransmitter dopamine, causing Parkinsonian symptoms. In Lewy body dementia, these abnormal proteins are diffuse throughout other areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex. The brain chemical acetylcholine is depleted, causing disruption of perception, thinking, and behavior. Lewy body dementia exists either in pure form, or in conjunction with other brain changes, including those typically seen in Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

© 2006 Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc.

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