Trial Helps Doctors Tell Lewy Body Dementia From Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Summary: A new study reports on how the clinical profiles of Lewy body dementia differ from Alzhiemer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Source: Ohio State University.

Knowing that many clinicians find it difficult to correctly diagnose patients with Lewy body dementia, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center set out to develop a clinical profile for these patients. Their findings are published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The study compared 21 patients with Lewy body dementia to 21 patients with Alzheimer’s disease and 21 patients with Parkinson’s disease. The patients were carefully matched by age, gender, education, race, degree of cognitive impairment, and degree of motor (physical) impairment. Pairs were compared using cognitive, functional, behavioral and motor measures.