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Attention Deficits After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Measured Using the Test of Variables of Attention
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Radiology.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery.
2015 (English)In: Stroke, ISSN 0039-2499, E-ISSN 1524-4628, Vol. 46, no 5, 1374-1376 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

The aim of this pilot study was to assess attention deficits in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage using the test of variables of attention (TOVA). This is a computer-based continuous performance test providing objective measures of attention. We also compared the TOVA results with the attention and concentration domains of Montgomery Åsberg Depression Rating Scale and Montreal cognitive assessment, 2 examiner-administrated neuropsychological instruments.

METHODS:

Nineteen patients with moderate to good recovery (Glasgow outcome scale, 4-5) were assessed using the TOVA, Montgomery Åsberg Depression Rating Scale, and Montreal cognitive assessment. The measurements were done when the patients visited the hospital for a routine magnetic resonance imaging control of the aneurysm.

RESULTS:

TOVA performance was pathological in 58%. The dominating pattern was a worsening of performance in the second half of the test, commonly a failing to react to correct stimuli. We found no correlation between TOVA and the performance in concentration and attention domains of Montgomery Åsberg Depression Rating Scale and Montreal cognitive assessment.

CONCLUSIONS:

Attention deficits, measured by the TOVA, were common after subarachnoid hemorrhage. This should be further studied to improve outcome.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 46, no 5, 1374-1376 p.
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Clinical Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248055DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.009092ISI: 000353559800054PubMedID: 25791712OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-248055DiVA: diva2:798448
Available from: 2015-03-26 Created: 2015-03-26 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Life after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Life after Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a devastating disease with mean age of 59 years. SAH accounts for 5% of all stroke and more than one quarter of potential life years lost through stroke. With the advanced neurosurgical methods of today two thirds of the patients survive. We know, however, that various cognitive, psychiatric and physical impairments are common that affect quality of life, social life, and the ability to work in the aftermath of SAH. The overall aim constituting this PhD dissertation is to better understand some of the challenges often faced by those surviving SAH.

Two SAH patient cohorts have been studied. The first followed 96 consecutively included patients during the first year after ictus. Spasticity and cognitive impairment was assessed after 6 months and the Swedish stroke register follow-up form was used to investigate family support and the use of medical and social services. Return to work was assessed at 12 months. The second cohort assessed attention deficits using the test of variables of attention (T.O.V.A.) at 7 months after ictus in 19 patients with moderate to good recovery.

Spasticity was just as common in our SAH patients as after other stroke, though it was rarely treated pharmacologically. By assessing cognitive impairment at 6 months after ictus using the Montreal cognitive assessment, 68% of the patients could be correctly predicted as having returned/not returned to work at 12 months. Seventeen percent of the patients had not had a follow-up appointment 6 months after ictus. These patients were older, more often living alone, had a lower quality of life, more depressive symptoms and more cognitive impairment compared to those having had a follow-up appointment. Twenty percent had had a follow-up in primary care. Seventy-eight percent of those with moderate to severe disability were living in their own accommodations. Fifty-eight percent of the patients had attention deficits. Challenges after SAH were common and often dealt with in the home environment of the patients.

The results of this thesis highlight the importance of assisting the patients and their relatives in their struggle back to life after SAH.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2016. 97 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1281
Keyword
Aneurysmal, Attention deficit, Cognitive impairment, Family medicine, Follow-up appointments, General practice, Intracranial aneurysm, Outcome, Primary care, Primary health care, Return to work, Spasticity, Stroke, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Sweden
National Category
Neurology
Research subject
Neurosurgery
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307949 (URN)978-91-554-9762-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-01-13, Rudbecksalen, Rudbecklaboratoriet, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 20, Uppsala, 09:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2016-12-20 Created: 2016-11-23 Last updated: 2016-12-20

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