Lewy Body Disease: Point Towards Progressive Dementia

Lewy Body Disease: Point Towards Progressive Dementia

Vaibhav Walia (Maharshi Dayanand University, India) and Munish Garg (Maharshi Dayanand University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3441-0.ch002

Abstract

Fritz Heinrich Lewy described the intracytoplasmic inclusions found in the neurons for the very first time. In 1919 these inclusions were termed as “LBs” by Tretiakoff. LBs were found in the brain of the patients suffering from Lewy body disease (LBD). LBD is characterized by the presence of Parkinsonian symptoms in the earlier stages and dementia in the later stages of the disease. LBs were classified on the basis of the region of the brain in which they are distributed and so is the case of the LBD means the type of the LBD depends on the anatomical areas of the brain involved. LBD is not a single disorder. It is a spectrum of disorders. This chapter addresses the entire profile of LBs, types, composition, formation, and various LB pathologies as well as diagnostic criteria and pharmacotherapy.
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Classification Of Lewy Bodies

LBs can be classified on the basis of their distribution in the different regions of brain.

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