Clinical Trends for November 2015

Ryan Syrek


November 27, 2015

Clinical Trend of the Week (November 6-13): Lewy Body Dementia

As more news came to light about the condition that drove Robin Williams to take his own life, physician searches for Lewy body dementia increased this week. The disease is particularly troubling in that it wreaks havoc on mental faculties in such a way that individuals often know "something is wrong" without being able to articulate what or why. From a clinical aspect, Lewy body dementia is rarely the initial diagnosis, as it is often diagnosed as Alzheimer disease or Parkinson disease, such as was the case with Williams. Physicians are working to properly understand and diagnose the condition, because medications used to treat other forms of dementia may actually exacerbate the symptoms of Lewy body disease.

For more in-depth clinical information, see Dementia With Lewy Bodies .


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