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Cognitive Impairment in the Septic Brain

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Abstract:

Sepsis is a major disease entity with important clinical implications. It is associated with a high mortality rate in humans. Recently, several studies have demonstrated that Intensive Care Unit survivors present long-term cognitive impairment, including alterations in memory, attention, concentration and/or global loss of cognitive function. The pathogenesis of septic encephalopathy and cognitive impairment are still poorly known and further understanding of these processes is necessary for the development of effective preventive and therapeutic interventions. Here we discuss the clinical presentation and underlying pathophysiology of the encephalopathy and neurobiology of the cognitive impairment associated with sepsis.





Keywords: Cognitive impairment; encephalopathy; memory; sepsis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/156720209788970045

Publication date: August 1, 2009

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  • Current Neurovascular Research (CNR) provides a cross platform for the publication of scientifically rigorous research that addresses disease mechanisms of both neuronal and vascular origins in neuroscience. The journal serves as an international forum for the publication of novel and pioneering original work as well as timely neuroscience research reviews in the disciplines of cell developmental disorders, plasticity, and degeneration that bridge the gap between basic science research and clinical discovery. CNR emphasizes the elucidation of disease mechanisms, both cellular and molecular, which can impact the development of unique therapeutic strategies for neuronal and vascular disorders.
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