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, 90 (8), 301-6

Lewy Body Disease and Dementia With Lewy Bodies

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Lewy Body Disease and Dementia With Lewy Bodies

Kenji Kosaka. Proc Jpn Acad Ser B Phys Biol Sci.

Abstract

In 1976 we reported our first autopsied case with diffuse Lewy body disease (DLBD), the term of which we proposed in 1984. We also proposed the term "Lewy body disease" (LBD) in 1980. Subsequently, we classified LBD into three types according to the distribution pattern of Lewy bodies: a brain stem type, a transitional type and a diffuse type. Later, we added the cerebral type. As we have proposed since 1980, LBD has recently been used as a generic term to include Parkinson's disease (PD), Parkinson's disease with dementia (PDD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which was proposed in 1996 on the basis of our reports of DLBD.DLB is now known to be the second most frequent dementia following Alzheimer's disease (AD).In this paper we introduce our studies of DLBD and LBD.

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Figure 1.
Typical brain stem type Lewy body (left upper) and cortical Lewy body (left lower).

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