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J Neural Transm (Vienna). 2008 May;115(5):683-92. doi: 10.1007/s00702-008-0024-9. Epub 2008 Feb 14.

Reductions in qEEG slowing over 1 year and after treatment with Cerebrolysin in patients with moderate-severe traumatic brain injury.

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Department of Neuropharmacology, EuroEspes Biomedical Research Center, Santa Marta de Babío, Bergondo, A Coruña, Spain. xantonal@yahoo.es

Abstract

Changes in quantitative EEG (qEEG) recordings over a 1-year period and the effects of Cerebrolysin (Cere) on qEEG slowing and cognitive performance were investigated in postacute moderate-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. Time-related changes in qEEG activity frequency bands (increases of alpha and beta, and reductions of theta and delta relative power) and in qEEG slowing (reduction of EEG power ratio) were statistically significant in patients with a disease progress of less than 2 years at baseline, but not in those patients having a longer disease progress time. Slowing of qEEG activity was also found to be significantly reduced in TBI patients after 1 month of treatment with Cere and 3 months later. Therefore, Cere seems to accelerate the time-related reduction of qEEG slowing occurring in untreated patients. The decrease of qEEG slowing induced by Cere correlated with the improvement of attention and working memory. Results of this exploratory study suggest that Cere might improve the functional recovery after brain injury and encourage the conduction of further controlled clinical trials.

PMID:
18273537
DOI:
10.1007/s00702-008-0024-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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