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Cognitive recovery from Encephalitis Lethargica
DEWAR, B.L. & WILSON, B.A.
Brain Injury, 19(14), 1285-1291
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The cognitive profile and outcome of Encephalitis Lethargica has not been systematically described in the literature. Treatment has typically focussed upon medical management. The first case report of a patient with Encephalitis Lethargica who underwent a systematic program of cognitive rehabilitation is presented. Initial neuropsychological assessment conducted during her acute presentation indicated generalised cognitive dysfunction, including memory and executive function impairments. An outpatient cognitive rehabilitation program addressed the development of awareness and the remediation of memory and executive function impairments. Repeat assessment indicated significant improvement in cognitive function. The components of her rehabilitation program are discussed. She has been able to successfully return to her premorbid level of work responsibility within eight months of her admission.