An investigation of neuronal integrity in severe paediatric traumatic brain injury

Louise Parry*, Arthur Shores, Caroline Rae, Allan Kemp, Mary Clare Waugh, Ray Chaseling, Pamela Joy

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    Abstract

    Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) and its association with neuropsychological functioning was examined in the chronic injury phase of paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). Fifteen children, aged 10-16 years, with severe TBIs were compared with 15 controls, matched for age and gender. The TBI group was found to have significantly lower levels of N-acetyl aspartate (NAA) and Choline (Cho) in the right frontal lobe and generally displayed reduced performances on neuropsychological tests. A correlation between metabolites and reaction times was also obtained. Findings indicate a role of proton MRS as a measure of neuronal integrity following severe paediatric TBI and suggest a potential association of MRS with specific neuropsychological impairments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)248-261
    Number of pages14
    JournalChild Neuropsychology
    Volume10
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

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