About Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is a gradual, progressive disease. The progression can vary depending on an individual’s other medical conditions, age and symptom severity. Identifying LBD can be challenging because many LBD symptoms overlap with other conditions. For example, people with LBD can be misdiagnosed with a psychiatric illness due to the prominent visual hallucinations that are a hallmark of this illness. The underlying pathology for LBD is believed to be the same as Parkinson’s disease. The earliest symptoms, specifically whether the first changes are motor or cognitive, can help differentiate between LBD and PD.

Treating Lewy Body Dementia at UT Health Austin

Some of the same medications that have been demonstrated to be effective for treating the symptoms Alzheimer’s disease are also recommended for Lewy Body dementia. It is very important to talk with a physician or psychiatrist before taking anti-psychotic medications to treat symptoms of this condition, and they should be used with extreme caution given they are particularly risky for the elderly.

Our clinic uses an interprofessional approach, which means our patients have contact with multiple team members coming from multiple specialties. Our team includes specialists in neurology, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychology, nursing, clinical social work and speech and language pathology. We discuss each patient as a team to identify the diagnosis and to develop a tailored treatment plan specific to your needs. Whatever your needs are, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

About the Comprehensive Memory Center

The UT Health Austin Comprehensive Memory Center at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences serves patients and families who are living with neurodegenerative conditions that impact memory, behavior, and other cognitive functions. Our mission is to put patients and their loved ones at the center and to guide them through the diagnostic process and care journey. We want to help you live your best life, have hope and know that you are not alone. Call 1-833-UT-CARES or request an appointment online.