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Cognitive assessments for the early diagnosis of dementia after stroke

Authors Al-Qazzaz N, Ali S, Ahmad SA, Islam S

Received 27 May 2014

Accepted for publication 27 June 2014

Published 12 September 2014 Volume 2014:10 Pages 1743—1751

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S68443

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Noor Kamal Al-Qazzaz,1,2 Sawal Hamid Ali,1 Siti Anom Ahmad,3 Shabiul Islam4

1Department of Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia; 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, Al-Khwarizmi College of Engineering, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq; 3Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; 4Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN), UKM, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Abstract: The early detection of poststroke dementia (PSD) is important for medical practitioners to customize patient treatment programs based on cognitive consequences and disease severity progression. The aim is to diagnose and detect brain degenerative disorders as early as possible to help stroke survivors obtain early treatment benefits before significant mental impairment occurs. Neuropsychological assessments are widely used to assess cognitive decline following a stroke diagnosis. This study reviews the function of the available neuropsychological assessments in the early detection of PSD, particularly vascular dementia (VaD). The review starts from cognitive impairment and dementia prevalence, followed by PSD types and the cognitive spectrum. Finally, the most usable neuropsychological assessments to detect VaD were identified. This study was performed through a PubMed and ScienceDirect database search spanning the last 10 years with the following keywords: “post-stroke”; “dementia”; “neuro-psychological”; and “assessments”. This study focuses on assessing VaD patients on the basis of their stroke risk factors and cognitive function within the first 3 months after stroke onset. The search strategy yielded 535 articles. After application of inclusion and exclusion criteria, only five articles were considered. A manual search was performed and yielded 14 articles. Twelve articles were included in the study design and seven articles were associated with early dementia detection. This review may provide a means to identify the role of neuropsychological assessments as early PSD detection tests.

Keywords: poststroke dementia, vascular dementia, neuropsychological assessments, early dementia detection

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