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Vol 11, No 1 (2009)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2009-03-19
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Level of depression in the acute stage of ischaemic stroke in relation to the ischaemic lesion’s localization whitin dominant or non-dominant hemisphere

Aleksandra Jadczuk, Małgorzata Kaca-Oryńska, Andrzej Friedman
Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2009;11(1):1-8.

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Vol 11, No 1 (2009)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2009-03-19

Abstract

Background. The majority of patients after ischaemic stroke, apart from disability and cognitive disorders, seem to have emotional disorders, such as depression, which occurs most often. In the space of the last dozen years, a lot of different conceptions appeared saying that the depression is associated with the damage within the right hemisphere of the brain or that it is connected with the leading role of the left hemisphere of the brain or it was also suggested that there was no relation between the location of apoplexy and depression. The aim of this paper was to determine the relationship between the depression and localization of the ischemic stroke within dominant or non-dominant hemisphere of the brain.
Materials and methods. 60 patients (30 persons with the stroke within dominant hemisphere and 30 persons with the stroke within non-dominant hemisphere of the brain) participated in this study. The stroke occurred for the first time in their life. In order to study the level of symptoms of depression, the Beck Depression Inventory was used.
Results. Axial and secondary signs of the depression occurred much more often and were more intense in patients with the stroke within the dominant hemisphere than in the patients with the stroke within non-dominant hemisphere.
Conclusion. In the acute stage of ischaemic stroke, the localization of ischemic lesion within the dominant or non-dominant hemisphere influences the level of depression.

Abstract

Background. The majority of patients after ischaemic stroke, apart from disability and cognitive disorders, seem to have emotional disorders, such as depression, which occurs most often. In the space of the last dozen years, a lot of different conceptions appeared saying that the depression is associated with the damage within the right hemisphere of the brain or that it is connected with the leading role of the left hemisphere of the brain or it was also suggested that there was no relation between the location of apoplexy and depression. The aim of this paper was to determine the relationship between the depression and localization of the ischemic stroke within dominant or non-dominant hemisphere of the brain.
Materials and methods. 60 patients (30 persons with the stroke within dominant hemisphere and 30 persons with the stroke within non-dominant hemisphere of the brain) participated in this study. The stroke occurred for the first time in their life. In order to study the level of symptoms of depression, the Beck Depression Inventory was used.
Results. Axial and secondary signs of the depression occurred much more often and were more intense in patients with the stroke within the dominant hemisphere than in the patients with the stroke within non-dominant hemisphere.
Conclusion. In the acute stage of ischaemic stroke, the localization of ischemic lesion within the dominant or non-dominant hemisphere influences the level of depression.
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Keywords

depression; hemispheric localization of the stroke

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Title

Level of depression in the acute stage of ischaemic stroke in relation to the ischaemic lesion’s localization whitin dominant or non-dominant hemisphere

Journal

Interdisciplinary Problems of Stroke

Issue

Vol 11, No 1 (2009)

Pages

1-8

Published online

2009-03-19

Bibliographic record

Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2009;11(1):1-8.

Keywords

depression
hemispheric localization of the stroke

Authors

Aleksandra Jadczuk
Małgorzata Kaca-Oryńska
Andrzej Friedman

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