Dr Lucio D’Anna is a Consultant Neurologist at the Department of Stroke & Neurosciences at Imperial College London NHS Trust. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London.
Lewy body dementia causes a progressive decline in mental abilities and patients usually experience hallucinations and changes in alertness and attention. Other effects include Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms such as stiffness, slow movement and tremors. Over time, symptoms increase and get worse. This is generally over a period of several years. In the later stages of DLB, many people have problems with speech and swallowing, leading to chest infections or risk of choking. Eventually, someone with DLB is likely to need a large amount of nursing care.
Dementech Neurosciences offers a wide range of cutting-edge services, specifically designed for people with DLB, such as the Dementech Biomarker Tools and genetic counselling appointments. By using the latest advances in imaging and genetics, we are able to answer all your questions regarding the diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring progression and response to treatment.
At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of DLB. We have in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms. Moreover, we offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to delay the progression of the disease. Caregivers may experience significant stresses and have a high level of burden; therefore we also offer caregiver support.