The third most common dementia, after Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia, is widely believed to be Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), more commonly known as Lewy Body Dementia, which accounts for approximately 10 to 25 percent of cases other than Alzheimer’s. People with DLB often experience the same memory loss and thinking problems as Alzheimer’s patients; however, they are more likely to have early symptoms such as sleep disturbances, well-formed visual hallucinations and muscle rigidity or other Parkinsonian movement features. The diagnosis is clinical in nature, which means it relies on a physician’s best professional judgment. A DLB diagnosis may be made when dementia symptoms consistent with DLB develop prior to movement symptoms, when both dementia symptoms and movement symptoms are present or when dementia symptoms develop within a year of movement symptoms.
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