Diagnosis and management of dementia in Parkinson's disease

David F. Tang-Wai, Keith A. Josephs

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Abstract

Neurodegenerative diseases commonly affect cortical and subcortical structures, resulting, in clinical features of mixed dementia and parkinsonism. Dementia, albeit an uncommon presenting feature of Parkinson's disease, may become a complication with disease progression. In this review we discuss the relationship of dementia and parkinsonism. We outline a clinical approach to the diagnosis and management of dementia with Lewy bodies and emphasize the importance of understanding the complexity of the disease, for which in-depth knowledge of medication side-effect profiles is a must if treatment is to be undertaken. We also briefly discuss progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal syndrome, and vascular dementia with parkinsonism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatrics and Aging
Volume7
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

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Keywords

  • Acetyl-cholinesterase inhibitors
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Fluctuations
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Visual hallucinations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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