Intelligence functions disorders in patients with complex partial epilepsy

Florindo Stella, Jayme Antunes Maciel
2004 Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria  
OBJECTIVES: To compare the performance of patients with complex partial epilepsy with the normal controls in the subtests of an instrument used to assess intelligence function. METHOD: Fifty epileptic patients, whose ages ranged from 19 to 49 years and 20 normal controls without any neuropsychiatric disorders. The Wechsler-Bellevue adult intelligence test was applied in groups, epileptic patients and control subjects. This test is composed of several subtests that assess specific cognitive
more » ... ific cognitive functions. A statistical analysis was performed using non-parametric tests. RESULTS: All the Wechsler-Bellevue subtests revealed that the intelligence functions of the patients were significantly inferior to that of the controls (p<0.05). This performance was supported by the patient's complaints in relation to their cognitive performance. CONCLUSION: Patients with complex partial epilepsy presented poorer results in the intelligence test when compared with individuals without neuropsychiatric disorders.
doi:10.1590/s0004-282x2004000600010 pmid:15608956 fatcat:mpqj3vkqyvhcncsttrczloexda