Association between executive and food functions in the acute phase after stroke

Aline Mansueto Mourão, Laélia Cristina Caseiro Vicente, Mery Natali Silva Abreu, Tatiana Simões Chaves, Romeu Vale Sant’Anna, Marcela Aline Fernandes Braga, Fidel Castro Alves de Meira, Leonardo Cruz de Souza, Aline Silva de Miranda, Milene Alvarenga Rachid, Antônio Lucio Teixeira

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Purpose: To investigate potential associations among executive, physical and food functions in the acute phase after stroke. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study that evaluated 63 patients admitted to the stroke unit of a public hospital. The exclusion criteria were other neurological and/or psychiatric diagnoses. The tools for evaluation were: Mini-Mental State Examination and Frontal Assessment Battery for cognitive functions; Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score for quantification of brain injury; National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale for neurological impairment; Modified Rankin Scale for functionality, and the Functional Oral Intake Scale for food function. Results: The sample comprised 34 men (54%) and 29 women with a mean age of 63.6 years. The Frontal Assessment Battery was significantly associated with the other scales. In multivariate analysis, executive function was independently associated with the Functional Oral Intake Scale. Conclusion: Most patients exhibited executive dysfunction that significantly compromised oral intake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalArquivos de neuro-psiquiatria
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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