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Lewy body dementia (Lewy body disease) is a progressive, incurable form of dementia. This debilitating disease is often misdiagnosed, and underdiagnosed. This misdiagnosed is due to the limited recognition of the disease. Also some of the manifested symptoms resembles that seen in Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. It is extremely important for practitioners to complete a comprehensive work up when dementia is suspected. Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is the second most common kind of dementia. Individuals with this form of dementia have developed Lewy bodies (microscopic protein deposits on deteriorating nerve cells) in the midbrain region and in the cortex of the brain. Because of similarities in the development of Lewy bodies in the midbrain people are often misdiagnosed with having Alzheimer’s. Therefore, early detection and recognition is key. While recognition of this dementia is scarce, it affects nearly 1.4 million individuals and their families (Davis Phinney foundation). This disorder is “not a single disorder but rather a spectrum of closely related disorder”(Mago, 2018).Research indicates that there are two diagnosis of LBD; dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease dementia. Diagnostic Criteria This disease is classified as either major or mild, and must present a gradual onset, with progression of the disease. This disorder has two types of diagnostic features: core and suggestive. In order to

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