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Monday, October 9, 2017

LBD Word for 10-9: Diagnosis

Today's word is diagnosis:
  • LBD often goes undiagnosed or is diagnosed as another disease such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson. It often shows up in combination with other dementias, making diagnosis even more difficult.
  • Like other neurological diseases, LBD must be diagnosed mainly via patient history and symptoms.
  • Diagnosis is very important because a) many of LBD symptoms are treatable and b) the wrong treatment can make it worse.
  • A person is usually seen by three to five doctors before finally being diagnosed with LBD, and is usually diagnosed with at something else first, such as depression, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.
  • When taking anyone to a specialist for a diagnosis of any kind of dementia symptoms, make sure the specialist is Lewy-savvy to assure a more correct diagnosis.
For more information about Lewy body disorders, read our books:
A Caregivers’ Guide to Lewy Body Dementia
Managing Cognitive Issues in Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia

Helen and James Whitworth are not doctors, lawyers or social workers. As informed caregivers, they share the information here for educational purposes only. It should never be used instead of a professional's advice.

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