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Dementia with Lewy bodies is a brain disease that causes progressive loss of memory and the ability to think and plan. It is associated with protein deposits called Lewy bodies in brain cells.
The main symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies are:
Some symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies are similar to those of other brain diseases, such as loss of short-term memory or a shuffling walk. Some people may have "Lewy body variant," a combination of Lewy bodies and Alzheimer's disease.
Last Revised: June 11, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter J. Whitehouse, MD - Neurology
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