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Clin Neurophysiol. 2009 Jun;120(6):1039-45. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2009.01.021. Epub 2009 Apr 23.

Delta-alpha ratio correlates with level of recovery after neurorehabilitation in patients with acquired brain injury.

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Human Neuropsychology Laboratory, School of Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, C/Camilo José Cela s/n, University of Seville, Seville-41018, Andalucia, Spain. leoncarrion@us.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore the relationship between three QEEG global indexes and their association with functional outcome after neurorehabilitation in non-acute acquired brain injury (ABI) patients (traumatic brain injury and stroke).

METHODS:

Twenty-one adult ABI patients in post-acute phase were studied. Delta-alpha ratio (DAR), Power Ratio Index (PRI) and Mean Brain Symmetry Index (mBSI) were calculated from resting-state EEG taken at admission. These indexes and other clinical variables were correlated with functional recovery achieved after six months of neurorehabilitation.

RESULTS:

DAR showed the highest strength of association with the functional outcome measure (rho=-0.65, P=0.002). The other QEEG indexes and clinical variables showed modest non-significant correlations. A posteriori group analysis showed higher DAR in patients with poor recovery as compared to good recovery patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

Functional recovery after neurorehabilitation appears to be associated with a number of clinical and neurophysiological variables. Among the latter, the ratio between delta and alpha may play a significant role in predicting and monitoring functional rehabilitation outcome.

SIGNIFICANCE:

Neurophysiological assessment of ABI patients may be an important tool in monitoring and predicting outcomes after neurorehabilitation.

PMID:
19398371
DOI:
10.1016/j.clinph.2009.01.021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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