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The presence of hallucinations is included in some, but not all, of the sets of clinical diagnostic criteria that have been proposed for dementia associated with cortical Lewy bodies. These criteria were developed from retrospective casenote analyses. This prospective, longitudinal study suggests that, in patients with Alzheimer's disease, cortical Lewy bodies are associated with more persistent and severe hallucinations, independently of any association with severity of cognitive decline. Poor eyesight contributes to the severity but not the persistence of the hallucinations.

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry

Publication Date

08/1995

Volume

59

Pages

185 - 188

Keywords

Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Alzheimer Disease, Brain, Cognition, Female, Hallucinations, Humans, Lewy Bodies, Male, Middle Aged, Prospective Studies, Vision Disorders