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What's new in... Psychiatry: Dementia with Lewy bodies

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Ian McKeith


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Most recent reviews about dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) start by emphasizing that it is a common disorder, accounting for 10-20% of all cases of dementia, and that accurate diagnosis is important because of extreme sensitivity to the side-effects of neuroleptics and good responsiveness to cholinesterase inhibitors, but that many clinicians have great difficulty recognizing it. This situation is rapidly changing, however, as a result of increased awareness of the diagnosis and improved methods for the assessment and investigation of core features. For example, a new generation of students in medicine and other disciplines have been taught about DLB in their basic training, and caregiver associations have been established specifically for DLB patients and their families. This contribution discusses some of the new information about diagnosis and management of DLB. © 2005 The Medicine Publishing Company Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McKeith I

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Medicine

Year: 2004

Volume: 32

Issue: 7

Pages: 1-4

Print publication date: 01/07/2004

ISSN (print): 1357-3039

ISSN (electronic): 1365-4357


DOI: 10.1383/medc.32.7.v.64599