Basics of scientific research on the neuropsychological sequelae of subarachnoid hemorrhage

  • B. O. Hütter


The fact that neurological criteria alone do not sufficiently assess the overall state of patients after SAH completely, gives rise to the necessity for a complementary neuropsychological investigation (Hütter and Gilsbach, 1993). Further aspects of the treatment result not to be neglected consist in the emotional state, psychosocial adjustment and competence in everyday life of the patients. A neuropsychological workup must, therefore, not be restricted to the application of cognitive performance tests, but should also cover these additional aspects of the state of the patient. Moreover, a number of studies was able to show that impairment in everyday life and occupational performance are only moderately associated with performance in tests of neuropsychological function (Hütter and Gilsbach, 1995a; Vilkki et al., 1990; Attenberry-Bennett et al., 1989; Chelune, Heaton and Lehman, 1986; Prigatano, 1986; McSweeny et al., 1985; Prigatano, Wright and Levin, 1984; Heaton and Pendleton, 1981). It is, therefore, essential that a thorough assessment of the persisting sequelae of SAH also includes the functional capacity of patients in daily life and their emotional condition.


Divided Attention Brain Damage Simple Reaction Time Emotional Lability Wisconsin Card Sort Test 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. O. Hütter
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  1. 1.RWTHNeurochirurgische UniversitätsklinikAachenGermany

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