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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2002;26(4):374-378.
Effect of Donepezil on Cognitive Function in Patients with Brain Injury.
Kim, Yun Hee , Shin, Seung Hun , Park, Sung Hee , Ko, Myoung Hwan
1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA University Bundang CHA General Hospital, Korea.
2Brain-Cognitive Rehabilitation Research Laboratory, Korea.
3Research Institute of Clinical Medicine, Korea.
4Chonbuk National University College of Medicine, Korea.
뇌질환 후 인지 장애 환자에서 Donepezil이 인지 기능에 미치는 효과
김연희, 신승훈1, 박성희1, 고명환1
포천중문의대 재활의학교실, 1전북의대 재활의학교실, 1뇌 인지재활연구실, 1임상의학연구소
Abstract

Objective
To evaluate the effect of donepezil on cognitive function in patients with brain injury who had cognitive impairment.


Method
Twenty one subjects with brain injury (18 males, 3 females) were enrolled and classified into two groups, experimental and control group. There was no significant difference between two groups in age, postonset duration, and level of education. For the experimental group, one tablelet of Aricept(5 mg of donepezil per tablet) was administered daily for 6 weeks. The baseline and follow up cognitive assessments were performed before and 6 weeks after. Mini- mental Status Examination (MMSE), Computerized Neuropsychologic Test (CNT), Judgement of Line Orientation (JLO), and visuospatial Wechsler memory test were used for the assessment of cognitive function.


Results
In baseline study, two groups showed no difference in their cognitive function. After 6 weeks, the experimental group showed significantly higher performance in forward digit span, verbal learning test, backward visual span, visual learning test, non-verbal Wechsler memory test, and judgement of line orientaion than control group (p<0.05).


Conclusion
These results suggested that the administration of Aricept was beneficial in improving the cognitive function, especially verbal and visual memory and visuospatial perception in patients with brain injury. (J Korean Acad Rehab Med 2002; 26: 374-378)

Key Words: Donepezil, Donepezil, Cognitive function, Brain injury


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