Autonomic dysfunction in dementia with Lewy bodies

P. Thaisetthawatkul, Bradley F Boeve, E. E. Benarroch, P. Sandroni, Tanis Jill Ferman, Ronald Carl Petersen, Phillip Anson Low

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Objective: To assess autonomic function in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Methods: The authors compared data from 20 DLB patients evaluated from 1995 to 2000 to 20 age-matched multiple system atrophy (MSA) and Parkinson disease (PD) patients evaluated from 1999 to 2002. Analysis of variance, Fisher exact test, and Student t-test were applied to compare disease characteristics, autonomic symptoms, and function tests on the Composite Autonomic Scoring Scale (CASS) and Thermoregulatory Sweat Test (TST). Results: In DLB, mean age at onset of autonomic symptoms was 70.3 ± 8.9 years. Orthostatic symptoms were common and orthostatic hypotension occurred in 10/20 DLB, 17/20 MSA, and 1/20 PD patients (p = 0.023, 0.003). CASS-sudomotor for DLB, MSA, and PD were 1.6 ± 1.2, 2.5 ± 0.7, and 0.9 ± 0.8 (p < 0.00001). CASS-cardiovagal were 1.4 ± 0.9, 2.1 ± 0.8, and 0. 7 ± 0.6 (p < 0.00001). CASS-adrenergic function were 2.4 ± 1.2, 3.5 ± 0.9, and 0.5 ± 0.6 (p < 0.00001). Total CASS were 5.2 ± 2.0, 8.1 ± 1.3, and 2.2 ± 1.2 (p < 0.00001). The most common pattern of TST in DLB was distal anhidrosis. Mean duration of follow-up was 3.0 ± 1.8 years. Six patients needed medication to maintain blood pressure and five had good response. Conclusions: Autonomic dysfunction is frequent in dementia with Lewy bodies and the severity is intermediate between that of multiple system atrophy and Parkinson disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1804-1809
Number of pages6
JournalNeurology
Volume62
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 25 2004

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Lewy Body Disease
Multiple System Atrophy
Parkinson Disease
Sweat
Autonomic Nervous System Diseases
Hypohidrosis
Orthostatic Hypotension
Age of Onset
Adrenergic Agents
Analysis of Variance
Students
Blood Pressure

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Thaisetthawatkul, P., Boeve, B. F., Benarroch, E. E., Sandroni, P., Ferman, T. J., Petersen, R. C., & Low, P. A. (2004). Autonomic dysfunction in dementia with Lewy bodies. Neurology, 62(10), 1804-1809.

Autonomic dysfunction in dementia with Lewy bodies. / Thaisetthawatkul, P.; Boeve, Bradley F; Benarroch, E. E.; Sandroni, P.; Ferman, Tanis Jill; Petersen, Ronald Carl; Low, Phillip Anson.

In: Neurology, Vol. 62, No. 10, 25.05.2004, p. 1804-1809.

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Thaisetthawatkul, P, Boeve, BF, Benarroch, EE, Sandroni, P, Ferman, TJ, Petersen, RC & Low, PA 2004, 'Autonomic dysfunction in dementia with Lewy bodies', Neurology, vol. 62, no. 10, pp. 1804-1809.
Thaisetthawatkul P, Boeve BF, Benarroch EE, Sandroni P, Ferman TJ, Petersen RC et al. Autonomic dysfunction in dementia with Lewy bodies. Neurology. 2004 May 25;62(10):1804-1809.
Thaisetthawatkul, P. ; Boeve, Bradley F ; Benarroch, E. E. ; Sandroni, P. ; Ferman, Tanis Jill ; Petersen, Ronald Carl ; Low, Phillip Anson. / Autonomic dysfunction in dementia with Lewy bodies. In: Neurology. 2004 ; Vol. 62, No. 10. pp. 1804-1809.
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