Brain Neurorehabil.  2014 Mar;7(1):16-20. 10.12786/bn.2014.7.1.16.

NeuroRehabilitation after Hypoxic-ischemic Encephalopathy

Affiliations
  • 1National Rehabilitation Center, Korea.
  • 2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea. keepwiz@gmail.com

Abstract

The number of survivors after hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy has been increasing due to recent progress in medical system and care. Impairment after injury ranges from mild memory deficit to vegetative state or death. Cognitive impairment is particularly common in the survivors, because the hippocampus and medial temporal lobe are vulnerable to ischemic insult. Medication and cognitive rehabilitation should be initiated to minimize the impact of various cognitive deficits. Instead of Glasgow-Pittsburgh Cerebral Performance Categories, which is insensitive to functional change, standardized functional assessment tools should also be used in research as well as in rehabilitation settings.

Keyword

brain injuries; hypoxia-ischemia; mild cognitive impairment
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