Three-year neuropsychological follow-up of patients with reversible ischemic attacks

P. Nichelli, V. Bonito, L. Candelise, E. Capitani, S. Manzoni, M. Prencipe, G. Sangiovanni, E. Sinforiani, R. Taiuti, C. Fieschi

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A short neuropsychological test battery designed to measure language, memory and visuospatial abilities was administered to 217 patients with reversible ischemic attacks. Patients were tested twice: the first time more than one month, but less than one year, from the last ischemic episode, and the second time three years later. A comparison between the first and the second testing session did not disclose any significant worsening. The degree of atherosclerosis and the occurence of further ischemic episodes during the follow-up period were found to be unrelated to change in performance at the test battery. These results seems to challenge the hypothesis that multi-infarct dementia may follow apparently reversible, or even clinically silent, ischemic episodes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-446
Number of pages4
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1986


  • multi-infarct dementia
  • Reversible ischemic attacks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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