Lewy Body Dementia

Diagnosis & Treatment

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Lewy Body Dementia (DLB) is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s. Protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, develop in nerve cells in the brain regions causing problems like those seen in AD.

Symptoms

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.

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1 Consultation
Initial consultation with a specialist physician.
2 Assessment
Appointment with a neuropsychologist in the Neuropsychiatric Laboratory for computerized, detailed assessments of cognitive deficits and other neuropsychiatric issues associated with dementia.
3 Testing
Blood tests and imaging scans, outsourced to the highest quality and convenient centres in London.
4 Follow-up
When all results are available, a 2nd consultation with the doctor, where clinical diagnosis & follow-up strategy are discussed and explained.

Diagnosis

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.

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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.

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Dr Lucio D’Anna
Consultant Neurologist

Dr Lucio D’Anna obtained his MD with Honours at the Medical School of the University of Udine, Italy and then he completed his Neurology training with Honours.

Dr David Choluj
Lead Neurologist for MS

Dr David Choluj is a Consultant Neurologist with a further extensive experience in Stroke Medicine and Neurological Rehabilitation, based in London.

Prof. K. Ray Chaudhuri
Parkinson's Disease Expert

Professor K. Ray Chaudhuri is a world-renowned expert in Parkinson's disease. He is Professor of Neurology/Movement Disorders & Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital & King’s College London and also Principal Investigator at the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

Prof. Aarsland Dag
Geriatric Psychiatry

Dag Aarsland is Professor and Head of Department of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Consultant psychiatrist at the Mental Health for Older Adults, South London & Maudsley NHS Health Trust, where he leads the Parkinson Spectrum Memory Clinic.

Dr. Vinod Metta
Lead Interventional Neurologist

Dr Vinod Metta, consultant interventional neurologist & movement disorder specialist trained at Kings College Hospital London.