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UK lags far behind Europe on diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3319 (Published 07 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3319
  1. Joseph Freer
  1. London

Around half of UK patients who have dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)—about 60 000 people—have it misdiagnosed, usually as the far more common Alzheimer’s disease, says the DLB Consortium in updated recommendations on diagnosing and managing DLB.

The recommendations update the expert group’s 2005 recommendations and are published in Neurology this month,1 including new consensus criteria for diagnosing DLB that give increased weight to neuroimaging and cardiac imaging alongside clinical criteria. Use of these imaging methods will …

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