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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2004 February;163(1):23-5

Copyright © 2004 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Lewy’s bodies Dementia. A case report

Pellicanò S. 1, Calzone R. 1, Bertuccio A. 2, Ranieri S. F. 2, Rombolà F. 2, Del Giudice A. C. 2, Bertuccio S. N. 2

1 Divisione di «Malattie Infettive», Ospedale «S. Giovanni di Dio», A.S.L. n° 5, Crotone; 2 Divisione di«Malattie Infettive», Ospedale «G. Jazzolino», A.S.L. n° 8, Vibo Valentia


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Lewy’s bodies dementia is the 2nd more common type of neurovegetative dementia (15-25% cases). It’s a neurovegetative Alzheimer-like disease with a mixed dementia-Parkinsonism symptoms and with Lewy’s bodies in various cerebral structures that in Parkinson’s disease are limited at brain stem cells. Lewy’s bodies are little filaments forming eosinophilic inclusions in the brain associated with lack of dopamine. Diagnostic principles foresee knowledge fluctuation for months with visual-auditory hallucinations or light extrapyramidal symptoms or repeated falls or softening of the brain or loss of conscience. Attention is also drawn to the increasing occurrence of this disease.

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