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Effects on cognition of stereotactic lesional surgery for the treatment of tremor in multiple sclerosis

Jahanshahi, Marjan and Pieter, Socorro and Alusi, Sundus H and Jones, Catherine R G and Glickman, Scott and Stein, John and Aziz, Tipu and Bain, Peter G (2008) 'Effects on cognition of stereotactic lesional surgery for the treatment of tremor in multiple sclerosis.' Behavioural Neurology, 20 (1-2). pp. 1-9. ISSN 0953-4180

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Objective: To assess the effect of stereotactic lesional surgery for treatment of tremor in multiple sclerosis on cognition. Methods: Eleven patients (3 males, 8 females) with multiple sclerosis participated in the study. Six subjects comprised the surgical group and five the matched control group. All patients were assessed at baseline and three months using a neuropsychological test battery that included measures of intellectual ability, memory, language, perception and executive function. Results: There were no significant differences between the surgical and control groups and no change from pre to post testing except for a decline in scores on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), WAIS-R Digit Span and Verbal Fluency in the surgical group. Conclusions: The results indicate that stereotactic lesional surgery does not result in major cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis. However, the decline in MMSE scores, digit span and verbal fluency require further investigation in a larger sample.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multiple sclerosis, cognition, thalamotomy, surgery, tremor
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2011 16:38
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2011 16:38

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