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The role of apolipoprotein E in cognitive decline and delirium after bypass heart operations


Tagarakis, G I; Tsolaki-Tagaraki, F; Tsolaki, M; Diegeler, A; Tsilimingas, N B; Papassotiropoulos, A (2007). The role of apolipoprotein E in cognitive decline and delirium after bypass heart operations. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 22(3):223-228.

Abstract

Cognitive decline and delirium are common complications after heart bypass surgery. Based on the reported role of the APOE-epsilon 4 allele in neurodegenerative diseases, we studied its association with these complications. A neuropsychological test battery consisting of the Mini Mental State Examination, the Wechsler's Memory Scale Revised, the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale, and the Delirium Rating Scale was applied to 137 APOE-genotyped patients on admission and 1 month after bypass surgery. We correlated the APOE (apolipoprotein E) polymorphism with the postoperative test outcome by taking into account all factors known to influence cognitive capacity after heart surgery. There was a significant decline in all test results 1 month after surgery and a high frequency of postoperative delirium. Neither this decline nor the frequency of delirium was associated with the APOE-epsilon 4 allele. This study confirms the high incidence of cognitive decline and delirium after coronary surgery, but it does not support the role of the APOE-epsilon 4 allele in the occurrence of these complications.

Abstract

Cognitive decline and delirium are common complications after heart bypass surgery. Based on the reported role of the APOE-epsilon 4 allele in neurodegenerative diseases, we studied its association with these complications. A neuropsychological test battery consisting of the Mini Mental State Examination, the Wechsler's Memory Scale Revised, the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale, and the Delirium Rating Scale was applied to 137 APOE-genotyped patients on admission and 1 month after bypass surgery. We correlated the APOE (apolipoprotein E) polymorphism with the postoperative test outcome by taking into account all factors known to influence cognitive capacity after heart surgery. There was a significant decline in all test results 1 month after surgery and a high frequency of postoperative delirium. Neither this decline nor the frequency of delirium was associated with the APOE-epsilon 4 allele. This study confirms the high incidence of cognitive decline and delirium after coronary surgery, but it does not support the role of the APOE-epsilon 4 allele in the occurrence of these complications.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute for Regenerative Medicine (IREM)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:06 Sep 2011 09:10
Last Modified:16 Aug 2016 10:14
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1533-3175
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1533317507299415
PubMed ID:17606532

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