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Temas em Psicologia

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GOUVEIA, Paula Adriana Rodrigues de; LACERDA, Shirley Silva  and  KERNKRAUT, Ana Merzel. Neuropsychological evaluation and rehabilitation after acquired brain injury. Temas psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.25, n.4, pp. 1523-1534. ISSN 1413-389X.

Symptoms of interhemispheric disconnection after acquired brain injury are unusual in the current clinical practice. Symptoms usually diminish spontaneously and may include tactile anomia, agraphia and left signs of competition between the hemispheres, such as "alien hand sign". This work presents a case report of a 33 year old patient who developed symptoms of interhemispheric disconnection and executive function deficits after surgery for removal of a tumor in the pituitary region, as well as the evaluation of the applicability of the neuropsychological rehabilitation program for the cognitive complaints presented. The patient was evaluated with standardized neuropsychological instruments before starting rehabilitation and again close to the discharge from treatment. The case study was conducted by analyzing intervention data and the clinical outcome of the patient in the institutional records (results of neuropsychological evaluation examination and records of interventions in rehabilitation sessions). Throughout his evolution, the patient showed improvement in cognitive symptoms and demonstrated benefits from the training and strategies used for his adaptation and return to work and other previous activities. The study highlights the importance of conducting more studies of neuropsychological interventions for individuals with cognitive deficits.

Keywords : Cognition; rehabilitation; injury; apraxia; frontal lobe.

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