Neuropsychological follow-up of patients operated for aneurysms of anterior communicating artery

M. Laiacona, A. De Santis, R. Barbarotto, A. Basso, D. Spagnoli, E. Capitani

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The neuropsychological outcome of 43 patients operated for ACoA aneurysms was assessed with a battery of 15 tests, tapping a wide spectrum of cognitive abilities. As a group ACoA aneurysm patients were impaired on 8 tests, including the three assessing memory. When however, patients falling below the cut-off point determined in normal controls were considered, 42% of the sample was unimpaired and only 35% fell on two or more tests. The analysis of single cases showed that memory was often affected, but short-term memory even more than long-term memory. In addition to the well known memory disorder, the patients showed a wide range of neuropsychological defects, including language and space functions. The hypotheses that could account for this broad-based neuropsychological impairment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-273
Number of pages13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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