Laminar Distribution of β-Amyloid Deposits in Dementia With Lewy Bodies and in Alzheimer’s Disease

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This study tested whether the laminar distribution of the β-amyloid (Aβ) deposits in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) cases with significant Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathology (DLB/AD) was similar to “pure” AD. In DLB/AD, the maximum density of the diffuse and primitive deposits occurred either in the upper laminae or a bimodal distribution was present with density peaks in the upper and lower laminae. A bimodal distribution of the classic Aβ deposits was also observed. Compared with AD, DLB/AD cases had fewer primitive deposits relative to the diffuse and classic deposits; the primitive deposits exhibited a bimodal distribution more frequently, and the diffuse deposits occurred more often in the upper laminae. These results suggest that Aβ pathology in DLB/AD may not simply represent the presence of associated AD.

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