Research and Reviews in Psychology

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Don’t judge late-onset OCD by its cover: watch out for Lewy Body Dementia

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) usually begins in adolescence or young adulthood. OCD cases appearing after the age of 50 are rare, most often associated with inflammatory, brain lesions or neurodegenerative comorbidities. Thus, some authors suggest that early- and late-onset OCD are different diseases. In view of fueling this discussion, we present 2 cases of late-onset OCD followed by the development of Lewy body dementia (LBD), which treatment resulted in OCD improvement. Those two disorders have never been described as associated before. We then raised this question: would late-onset OCD belong to DLB prodromes?

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