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The Computerized General Neuropsychological INPH Test (CoGNIT) revealed improvement in Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (INPH) after shunt surgery
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Abstract [en]

Background

We have developed the COmputerized General Neuropsychological INPH Test (CoGNIT) dedicated for patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (INPH). Previously, validity and reliability of included tests have been established. The aim was to evaluate the battery’s sensitivity to detect cognitive changes after shunt surgery in INPH patients.

Methods

Preoperatively, thirty-one INPH patients were given CoGNIT, which includes tests assessing memory, executive functions, attention, manual dexterity and psychomotor speed. CoGNIT also includes the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). Re-examination was done four months after shunt surgery. Scores and test completion were examined and compared to healthy elderly (n=44).

Results

Preoperative INPH test results were significantly lower in all tests compared to healthy. Improvements after shunt surgery were seen in all cognitive domains: memory (Ten-word list test, p<0,01), executive functions (Stroop incongruent, (p<0.05), attention (Two choice reaction test, p<0.01), psychomotor speed (Stroop congruent, p<0.05) and manual dexterity (Four- finger tapping, p<0.01). No ceiling effects were observed. Depressive symptoms were more common in INPH versus healthy and did not change postoperatively. Preoperatively 81 % of INPH patients completed at least eight of the nine included test.

Conclusions

CoGNIT is sensitive to cognitive impairment and to investigate changes after shunt surgery in INPH. Completion rates are good. CoGNIT has a potential to be useful in the cognitive assessment of INPH. 

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Medical and Health Sciences
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Neurology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-96194DiVA: diva2:762553
Available from: 2014-11-12 Created: 2014-11-12 Last updated: 2014-11-13
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1. Measurements in Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: Computerized neuropsychological test battery and intracranial pulse waves
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Measurements in Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: Computerized neuropsychological test battery and intracranial pulse waves
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Abstract [en]

Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (INPH) is a condition affecting gait, cognition and continence. Radiological examination reveals enlarged ventricles of the brain. A shunt that drains CSF from the ventricles to the abdomen often improves the symptoms. Much research on INPH has been focused on identifying tests that predict the outcome after shunt surgery. As part of this quest, there are attempts to find measurement methods of intracranial parameters that are valid, reliable, tolerable and safe for patients.

Today's technologies for intracranial pressure (ICP) measurement are invasive, often requiring a burr-hole in the skull. Recently, a method for non-invasive ICP measurements was suggested: the Pulsatile Index (PI) calculated from transcranial Doppler data assessed from the middle cerebral artery. In this thesis the relation between PI and ICP was explored in INPH patients during controlled ICP regulation by lumbar infusion. The confidence interval for predicted ICP, based on measured PI was too large for the method to be of clinical utility.

In the quest for better predictive tests for shunt success in INPH, recent studies have shown promising results with criteria based on cardiac related ICP wave amplitudes. The brain ventricular system, and the fluid surrounding the spinal cord are in contact. In this thesis it was shown that ICP waves could be measured via lumbar subarachnoid space, with a slight underestimation.

One of the cardinal symptoms of hydrocephalus is cognitive impairment. Neuropsychological studies have demonstrated cognitive tests that are impaired and improve after shunt surgery in INPH patients. However, there is currently no standardized test battery and different studies use different tests. In response, in this thesis a fully automated computerized neuropsychological test battery was developed. The validity, reliability, responsiveness to improvement after shunt surgery and feasibility for testing INPH patients was demonstrated. It was also demonstrated that INPH patients were impaired in all subtests, compared to healthy elderly. 

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Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2014. 67 p.
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Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1689
Keyword
Hydrocephalus, Normal Pressure; Neuropsychological tests; Neuropsychology; Reliability and validity; Software; Dementia; intracranial pressure; spinal puncture; cerebrospinal fluid pressure; pulse pressure waves; Blood flow velocity; Middle cerebral artery; Pulsatility index
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Neurology
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96195 (URN)978-91-7601-155-3 (ISBN)
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2014-12-05, Sal E04 Unod R1, Umeå, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2014-11-14 Created: 2014-11-12 Last updated: 2015-10-01Bibliographically approved

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