Introduction: We explored regional brain atrophy patterns and their clinical correlates in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).
Methods: In this multicentre study, we included a total of 333 patients with DLB, 352 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), and 233 normal controls and used medial temporal lobe atrophy, posterior atrophy, and frontal atrophy (GCA-F) visual rating scales. Patients were classified according to four atrophy patterns.
Results: Patients with DLB had higher scores on all the three atrophy scales than normal controls but had less medial temporal lobe atrophy than those with AD (all P values < .001). A signature hippocampal-sparing pattern of regional atrophy was observed in DLB. The magnetic resonance imaging measures showed 65% ability to discriminate between DLB and AD and marginally contributed to the discrimination over and above the core clinical features.
Discussion: The most common pattern of atrophy of DLB was hippocampal-sparing. Future studies should explore whether comorbid AD pathology underlies the atrophy patterns seen in DLB.
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; Dementia; Dementia with Lewy bodies; Differential diagnosis; Hippocampal spearing atrophy pattern; Limbic-predominant atrophy pattern; Magnetic resonance imaging; Medial temporal atrophy; Minimal-atrophy pattern; Neuroimaging; Posterior atrophy frontal atrophy; Typical Alzheimer's disease atrophy pattern.
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