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Health News: Lewy Body Dementia

Updated: Thursday, May 15 2014, 07:59 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Lewy Body Dementia is commonly referred to as "LBD."

Dr. Andrew Duker, a movement disorders specialist, said, "Lewy Body Dementia is a neurological disorder similar to Parkinson's Disease in which there are motor symptoms of slowness, stiffness, tremor; similar to the Parkinson's.  However, it has prominent cognitive or memory and thinking symptoms.  And these symptoms often outweigh the motor symptoms of the disease."

Doctor Andrew Duker can't confirm a diagnosis of that in Casey Kasem but he says the symptoms reported by family are consistent with LBD. 

Lewy bodies are found in brain neurons , "In Lewy Body Dementia those lewy bodies are attacking not just the motor circuits of the brain but also the memory and thinking, the cognitive circuits of the brain and that's what causes the dementia part," said Dr. Duker. 

He says some Alzheimer's medications do work even more effectively in LBD then in those who actually have Alzheimer's.  But there is no cure so early diagnosis is critical.  Doctor Duker also told Local 12's Liz Bonis this type of dementia can  fluctuate where symptoms come on suddenly.  This makes it especially difficult for family members who care for them.

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