Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is the third most frequent type of dementia. The range of symptoms it causes is quite broad and includes parkinsonism, autonomic dysfunction, cognitive deficits, visual and auditory hallucinations, dream disturbances, and other unusual manifestations such as "sense of presence,"Capgras syndrome, and fluctuations in neurologic status. The author, an experienced behavioral neurologist and previous Continuum author, has been diagnosed with DLB and assumes the dual role of physician and patient. Each role provides a unique perspective. He discusses the importance of hope and fear in coping with the illness.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology