Lewy Bodies, Dementia, and Parkinson’s – What Does it all Mean?

Here are two common scenarios that may sound familiar:

Scenario 1
A patient develops a series of neurologic symptoms, is evaluated by a neurologist and is told that she has Parkinson’s disease (PD). She then visits another neurologist for a second opinion and is told she has Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

Scenario 2
A patient has his first visit with his neurologist and is told that he has PD, at a subsequent visit the diagnosis is changed to Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD), and at a follow up visit the diagnosis is changed yet again to Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB).

Both of these situations understandably cause great uncertainty and frustration.

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