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Barr, William B; Bender, Heidi A; Morrison, Chris; Cruz-Laureano, Daniel; Vazquez, Blanca; Kuzniecky, Ruben
"Diagnostic validity of a neuropsychological test battery for Hispanic patients with epilepsy"
Epilepsy & behavior 2009 Nov; 16(3):479-483
The Neuropsychological Screening Battery for Hispanics (NeSBHIS) was developed to address the growing need for linguistically appropriate Spanish-language assessment measures. Despite the potential benefits to clinical practice, no prior study has assessed its diagnostic validity in populations with epilepsy. One hundred and fifteen patients with confirmed epilepsy were evaluated via the NeSBHIS; these data were standardized according to age- and education-based norms. Performance decrements were observed in more than 40% of participants on measures of processing speed and naming. Deficits in verbal and visual recall were also exhibited by 29 and 26% of the sample, respectively. No significant differences in test performance emerged between patients with VEEG evidence of left (N=48) versus right (N=24) temporal lobe epilepsy. Although the NeSBHIS is sensitive to the cognitive impairments commonly observed in populations with epilepsy, there are limitations to its ability to identify lateralized neuropsychological impairment in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy

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