2008, Number 1
Arch Neurocien 2008; 13 (1)
Arreguín GIJ, Lorenzana GRD, Yánez G, Ruiz E, Luviano VL, Hernández L
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ABSTRACTThe aim of this article is to present the results of a neuropsychologic evaluation done before surgery, immediate postsurgery and a third evaluation three months after the resection of a brain tumor in a 80 years old male with a left frontal meningioma. The instruments of the neuropsychologic evaluation that we used were four: Anxiety-Depresion Scale, brief PIEN Test, Wisconsin Test and Stroop Test. The results show that before the surgery, the patient was anxious, but after the resection, the punctuation of the anxiety-depresion Scale was in normal parameters, the other tests that evaluated attention, language, memory, praxis, thought, calculation and executive functions were altered before surgery, and a week after it were worse however, three months later the results improved. There isn’t much information related with this subject in literature, however, the little information that we found, agreed with our results. We conclude that resection of the brain tumor improves the recuperation of the cognitive deficit evaluated with the neuropsychologic tests, an inmmediate evaluation just after the surgery is not very valid, because the brain needs to recover from the surgery trauma and the improvements can only been seen after three months. These tests are, until now, the best instrument to evaluate the relationship brainbehavior in patients with brain tumors.