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Lewy Body Dementia:
Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis & 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.

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.

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.

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Lewy Body Dementia

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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.

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.

Same Day Diagnosis

At Dementech Neurosciences, we endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible. You no longer have to wait to be seen by a specialist.  With your consent, our private neurologists can also share the full consultation report with your GP.

Same Day Tests, Assessments & Scans

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

15-minute Consultation with Patient Advisor

Schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisory. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition where the Patient Advisor will suggest the most appropriate route to suits your specific needs.

Tele Consultations Available

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street.

We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Prices start from £250

You can book a half an hour Skype consultation with a doctor for £250.

 

Full hour consultations with a doctor starts from £450.

Lewy Body Dementia Symptoms

Lewy body dementia causes a progressive decline in mental abilities.

The symptoms of dementia with Lewy body disease include:

Hallucinations

You may see things that are not really there, e.g. people or animals. These often happen repeatedly and are realistic and well-formed.

Stability

You may experience periods of unsteadiness and frequent falls.

Sense of smell

You may experience problems detecting smells.

Alertness

You may experience changes in alertness and attention, and experience periods of confusion, that may be unpredictable and change from time-to-time

Movement problems

You may experience symptoms such as slower movements, stiffness in the arms and legs, and shaking or trembling.

Sleep disturbances

You may have vivid dreams, experience shouting or moving while sleeping which can disrupt your sleep, and may also cause injury.

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.

The differences between Alzheimer's disease and Lewy Body Dementia

  • Memory loss is more prominent in early Alzheimer’s than in early Lewy Body Dementia, although advanced Lewy Body Dementia may cause memory problems and effects decision making, planning and perception.
  • Movement symptoms are more likely to be an important cause of disability early in Lewy body dementia than in Alzheimer’s, although Alzheimer’s can cause problems with walking and balance as it progresses through the stages.
  • Hallucinations, delusions and confusion with familiar people are significantly more frequent in early-stage Lewy body dementia than in Alzheimer’s.
  • REM sleep disorder is more common in early Lewy body dementia than in Alzheimer’s.
  • Blood pressure drop on standing, dizziness, falls and urinary incontinence, is much more common in early Lewy body dementia than in Alzheimer’s.
Support for Families, Carers and Friends of People Living with Dementia

Hear from our happy patients

Have had nothing but kindness and professionalism from Dementech and all their staff. From their initial guidance by Shakeela, through to staff conducting the MRI tests and Dr. Lucio D'Anna for his expertise clarity of explanation, compassion and consideration. Special mention to Zobia, who saved the day with her quick thinking that helped my mother-in-law to obtain extended care. Overall a perfect experience. Cannot recommend them enough.N Mohamed
My family and I experienced one of the hardest times of our lives having to deal with my wife’s deteriorating condition. I would like to personally thank the lovely young lady Zobiaa from Dementech, for showering us with compassion, empathy and genuine care and concern. Her professionalism, high-level customer service and communication, eye for detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and make not only my wife, but our whole family, feel as comfortable and supported as possible, is something we will always be grateful for. Thank you so much for your friendly and polite presence Zobiaa and taking the time and effort to build a relationship with us. You really made our visits to the clinic a positive, 5 star experience.P Allen

Initial Assessment & Diagnostic Testing

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.

Man with lewy body dementia

Lewy Body Dementia 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION ENTAIL?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

CAN YOU ARRANGE TESTS?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

WILL I GET A COPY OF MY TEST RESULTS?

Yes, you will get a copy of your results as well as a CD of the MRI scan on request

I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC. DO YOU HAVE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO THE MRI SCAN?

Yes we do. We offer an Upright MRI and an Open MRI

IF I AM SEEN PRIVATELY, WILL I BE TAKEN OFF THE NHS WAITING LIST?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO CALLS?

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCE?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

HOW QUICKLY CAN WE GET AN MRI, BLOOD TEST AND OTHER TESTING DONE?

You can get the tests within 2 days of requesting it.

Test results will be received within 2 days.

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