Lateralizing value of the Wada memory test in non-Western patients with temporal lobe epilepsy

Authors
Hongkeun KimSangdoe YiJieun KimEun Ik Son
Department
Dept. of Neurology (신경과학); Dept. of Neurosurgery (신경외과학)
Issue Date
1999
Citation
Epilepsy Research, Vol.33(2-3) : 125-131, 1999
ISSN
0920-1211
Abstract
The Wada memory test measures a psychological construct (i.e. memory), which is widely acknowledged to be under the influence of a vast array of moderating variables including culture. Thus, the lateralizing value of the Wada memory test for epileptogenic foci may potentially differ for Western versus non-Western patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). In the present study, the lateralizing value of the Wada memory test was investigated in 17 Korean patients with medically intractable TLE who were post-operatively seizure-free. The Wada memory stimuli were composed of eight drawings of common objects, animals, and fruits. A clinical criterion of at least 2 points difference between left and right injections correctly classified 14 patients (82%) into left and right TLE groups, with only one patient (6%) falsely classified. This diagnostic accuracy is at least as high as that reported for Western TLE patients. These results indicate that whatever culture-specific factors Korean TLE patients may bring to the Wada memory test, they do not significantly reduce the lateralizing value of the test. © 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. Keywords: Intracarotid amobarbital test; Wada test; Epilepsy surgery; Memory
URI
http://kumel.medlib.dsmc.or.kr/handle/2015.oak/34816
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1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 1. School of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Neurology (신경과학)
1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 1. School of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Neurosurgery (신경외과학)
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이상도; 김지언; 손은익
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