Neuropsychiatric features of Lewy body disease

Brain Cogn. 1995 Aug;28(3):229-39. doi: 10.1006/brcg.1995.1254.


Although traditionally associated with Parkinson's disease, the eosinophilic intracytoplasmic neuronal inclusion known as the Lewy body has recently been regarded as the primary neuropathologic finding in a variety of conditions affecting the aging brain. The term Lewy Body Disease (LBD) will be used in this review to refer to a spectrum of clinical states varying from those due to incidental or mildly symptomatic histopathologic changes to progressive dementia and psychosis. Many unanswered questions remain about the neurobehavioral and neuropathological implications of Lewy bodies, but it is useful to consider the LBD spectrum in terms of the variable effects on neuropsychiatric function that can be observed clinically.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age of Onset
  • Aged
  • Alzheimer Disease / complications
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiopathology
  • Cerebral Cortex / ultrastructure
  • Humans
  • Lewy Bodies / ultrastructure*
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease / complications
  • Parkinson Disease / diagnosis*
  • Parkinson Disease / physiopathology
  • Raphe Nuclei / ultrastructure