Dementia with Lewy bodies is a disease that can be tricky to diagnose. That's because symptoms are often similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Mayo Clinic experts say an accurate diagnosis is important, as some treatments for other types of dementia may worsen symptoms of Lewy body disease. A new Mayo Clinic study published in the online issue of Neurology describes how parts of the brain can act as clues to help determine if people with memory problems are more likely to develop Lewy body disease versus Alzheimer's disease.
In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to Dr. Brad Boeve about differences between Lewy body disease and other forms of dementia.