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Lewy bodies refers to protein deposits found inside neurons, and they’re named after Frederic Lewy, the neurologist who discovered them.
Lewy body dementia is a neurodegenerative disease, meaning that it worsens over time, and it’s the disease that afflicted comedian and actor Robin Williams.
The brain is made up of billions of neurons that communicate with each other by releasing neurotransmitters.
These neurons are called dopaminergic because they produce dopamine.
The underlying cause of Lewy body dementia isn’t well understood.
Under a microscope, Lewy bodies look like dark, eosinophilic inclusions inside the affected neurons.
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