Serial Neuropsychological Assessment in a Case of Reversible Electrocution Encephalopathy,
BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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The case of electrical injury resulting in persistent cortical dysfunction is presented. The case illustrates four main points a patients recovering from an initial comatose state can be best evaluated with a combination of brief serial and then comprehensive neuropsychological measures, b the cognitive dysfunction following electrical injury may parallel in some respects that of closed head injuries CHI and be measured by tests designed to evaluate CHI, c the neuropsychological sequelae of cerebral electrical injury may be more persistent than is commonly believed, and d psychiatric sequelae may be more related to organic than functional variables.