Early and presenting symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies

Eirik Auning, Arvid Rongve, Tormod Fladby, Jan Booij, T. Hortobágyi, Françoise J. Siepel, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland

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Abstract

Background/Aims: To explore the presenting and early symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Method: Patients with mild dementia fulfilling diagnostic criteria for DLB (n = 61) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) (n = 109) were recruited from outpatient dementia clinics in western Norway. At diagnosis, caregivers were asked which symptom had been the presenting symptom of dementia. Results: Caregivers reported that memory impairment was the most common presenting symptom in DLB (57%), followed by visual hallucinations (44%), depression (34%), problem solving difficulties (33%), gait problems (28%), and tremor/stiffness (25%). In contrast, 99% of AD carers reported impaired memory as a presenting symptom, whereas visual hallucinations were a presenting symptom in 3% of the AD cases. Conclusion: DLB should be suspected in predementia cases with visual hallucinations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-208
Number of pages7
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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Lewy Body Disease
Hallucinations
Caregivers
Dementia
Alzheimer Disease
Tremor
Norway
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Gait
Depression

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease dementia
  • Carer report
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Parkinsonism
  • Predementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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Auning, E., Rongve, A., Fladby, T., Booij, J., Hortobágyi, T., Siepel, F. J., ... Aarsland, D. (2011). Early and presenting symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 32(3), 202-208. https://doi.org/10.1159/000333072

Early and presenting symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies. / Auning, Eirik; Rongve, Arvid; Fladby, Tormod; Booij, Jan; Hortobágyi, T.; Siepel, Françoise J.; Ballard, Clive; Aarsland, Dag.

In: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, Vol. 32, No. 3, 12.2011, p. 202-208.

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Auning, E, Rongve, A, Fladby, T, Booij, J, Hortobágyi, T, Siepel, FJ, Ballard, C & Aarsland, D 2011, 'Early and presenting symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies', Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 202-208. https://doi.org/10.1159/000333072
Auning, Eirik ; Rongve, Arvid ; Fladby, Tormod ; Booij, Jan ; Hortobágyi, T. ; Siepel, Françoise J. ; Ballard, Clive ; Aarsland, Dag. / Early and presenting symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies. In: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders. 2011 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 202-208.
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