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Vol 7, No 2 (2005)
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Published online: 2005-09-12
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The evaluation of usefulness of selected scales and tests used to assess aphasia in patients with acute stroke

Marlena Puchowska-Florek, Barbara Książkiewicz, Magdalena Nowaczewska
Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2005;7(2):39-47.

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Vol 7, No 2 (2005)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2005-09-12

Abstract

Introduction. Stroke is the main cause of speech disorders like aphasia. Recognition of communicative ability of the patient and initiation of suitable therapy depends on appropriate diagnosis. This article presents the most popular scales and tests used to assess aphasia in patients with acute stroke. Analysis of tests usefulness was made, taking into consideration the limitations resulting from the patient condition.
Material and methods. We examined 30 patients with first of life ischemic or haemorrhagic stroke using scales and tests: Dynamic Assessment of Aphasia Scale (SODA), Włodzimierz Łudzki’s package of tests to examine cognitive processes in the patients with brain damages, Token Test, FAST Test and FAS Test.
Results. All patients were examined with SODA test, only 60% with FAS and FAST tests, 46% with Token Test and 20% with "Włodzimierz Łudzki’s package...". The number of examined patients depends on the time of examination. The most detailed test appeard to be "Włodzimierz Łudzki’s package..." and it takes 3-4 hours to perform this test.
Conclusion. Short and easy to use tests are the most useful in acute stroke. Tests which fulfil those criteria and have the greatest diagnostic value appeard SODA and FAST.

Abstract

Introduction. Stroke is the main cause of speech disorders like aphasia. Recognition of communicative ability of the patient and initiation of suitable therapy depends on appropriate diagnosis. This article presents the most popular scales and tests used to assess aphasia in patients with acute stroke. Analysis of tests usefulness was made, taking into consideration the limitations resulting from the patient condition.
Material and methods. We examined 30 patients with first of life ischemic or haemorrhagic stroke using scales and tests: Dynamic Assessment of Aphasia Scale (SODA), Włodzimierz Łudzki’s package of tests to examine cognitive processes in the patients with brain damages, Token Test, FAST Test and FAS Test.
Results. All patients were examined with SODA test, only 60% with FAS and FAST tests, 46% with Token Test and 20% with "Włodzimierz Łudzki’s package...". The number of examined patients depends on the time of examination. The most detailed test appeard to be "Włodzimierz Łudzki’s package..." and it takes 3-4 hours to perform this test.
Conclusion. Short and easy to use tests are the most useful in acute stroke. Tests which fulfil those criteria and have the greatest diagnostic value appeard SODA and FAST.
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Keywords

stroke; aphasia; test

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Title

The evaluation of usefulness of selected scales and tests used to assess aphasia in patients with acute stroke

Journal

Interdisciplinary Problems of Stroke

Issue

Vol 7, No 2 (2005)

Pages

39-47

Published online

2005-09-12

Bibliographic record

Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2005;7(2):39-47.

Keywords

stroke
aphasia
test

Authors

Marlena Puchowska-Florek
Barbara Książkiewicz
Magdalena Nowaczewska

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