Previous reports referred an impairment of memory function in temporal epileptic patients in comparison with primary generalized crisis subjects. We tested 20 patinets selected from a group of 77 with unilateral (9 right-side and 11 left-side) abnormalities in EEG in order to assess visuospatial and verbal memory impairment. Stroop, eye and hand dominance, Rey figure, face-name associated learning, Benton's RVRT, Ingliss paired associate learning, Digit Span, logical memory and Bushke selective procedure reminding were administered both in epileptic and in a control group. Epileptic patients showed an impairment both of visual-spatial and verbal memory in comparison with control group. Right-side patients presented a slighter impairment particularly in verbal memory in comparison with left-side group. Moreover, left-side patients showed a worse performance both in visuospatial and verbal memory compared with right-side patients. This results suggest that dominant hemisphere compromission could cause not only a selective verbal memory disfunction but also visuospatial memory deficit.
|Translated title of the contribution||Unilateral temporal epilepsia and memory impairment|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology