Cognition in stroke

J. V. Bowler*, U. Hadar, J. P.H. Wade

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Introduction– Despite the current interest in criteria for vascular dementia, global, as opposed to focal, cognitive change after cerebral infarction has rarely been studied. Material and methods– We documented the neuropsychological changes one to three weeks and three months post infarct in 25 unselected patients with acute, first cerebral infarcts. Results– Improvements were seen in processes thought to have a large subcortical component and in those mediated in the right hemisphere. Memory was relatively lightly affected. Conclusion– The minimal deficits seen in memory and the predominance of subcortical changes are at variance with the currently suggested criteria for vascular dementia. Further data of this kind are needed before firm criteria can be proposed for the global pattern of cognitive changes expected in vascular dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-429
Number of pages6
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1994


  • Key words: cerebral infarction
  • cognition
  • criteria
  • memory
  • vascular dementia


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