Brief Cognitive Monitoring in Multiple Sclerosis Patients in Latvia

Liga Mekša, Guntis Karelis, Lana Vainšteine, Sandra Svilpe, Gundega Gulbe, Anželika Gudreniece, Jolanta Kalnina

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Abstract

Cognitive changes are common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The neuropsychological testing requires specialised trained staff, time-consuming expert analysis and complicated test result interpretation. An expert committee recommended the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis (BICAMS), which is optimised for small centres. We conducted the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) and Brief Visuospatial Memory Test (BVMT), for which the results were comparable with similar results in literature. Most MS patients showed decreased attention and processing speed, while visual memory was generally normal. Cognitive impairment occurrence is not strongly related to Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-231
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Section B: Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences
Volume69
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • BICAMS
  • cognitive defects
  • cognitive monitoring
  • MS
  • multiple sclerosis

Field of Science

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database

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