Fall-related injuries in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Alzheimer's disease

T. Imamura, N. Hirono, M. Hashimoto, H. Kazui, S. Tanimukai, T. Hanihara, A. Takahara, E. Mori

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Repeated falls are reported as one of the clinical characteristics in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). We examined the incidence of fall-related injuries in 561 dementia patients with various clinical diagnoses, including DLB and Alzheimer's disease (AD), in a ward established for dementia research. The incidence of fall-related injuries was significantly higher in DLB patients (10.7%) than in AD patients (1.1%) (P < 0.001). The high incidence in those patients with DLB cannot be attributed to Parkinsonism because none of the DLB patients with injuries showed extrapyramidal sign. Our observations suggest that patients with a clinical diagnosis of DLB have a high risk of fall-related injuries, even though they do not show Parkinsonism. An appropriate clinical discrimination between DLB and AD is recommended to manage and prevent fall-related injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-79
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cognitive fluctuation
  • Dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Falls
  • Parkinsonism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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