Executive Dysfunction Detected with the Frontal Assessment Battery in Alzheimer's Disease Versus Vascular Dementia

Antonio Daniele, Grazia D'Onofrio, Francesco Panza, Daniele Sancarlo, Filomena Addante, Vincenzo Solfrizzi, Chiara Cantarini, Antonio Mangiacotti, Michele Lauriola, Leandro Cascavilla, Francesco Paris, Madia Lozupone, Antonio Greco, Davide Seripa

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Abstract

Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD) lead to progressive decline in executive function. We estimated the prevalence of executive dysfunction in AD and VaD patients, investigating cognitive, functional, and clinical correlates and also using a multidimensional approach based on a standardized comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). We included 215 patients (115 AD patients and 100 VaD patients) consecutively evaluated with a complete cognitive and affective assessment, a CGA, and the Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB) with six subtests investigating conceptualization, mental flexibility, motor programming, sensitivity to interference, inhibitory control, and environmental autonomy. The prevalence of dysexecutive syndrome screened with a FAB score <12 points was high in both AD (97 patients) and VaD (77 patients) (84.3% versus 77.0%, p = 0.171). AD patients were significantly younger, with higher grade of cognitive impairment and less severe comorbidity and polypharmacy than VaD patients. AD patients showed a significantly higher impairment in FAB total score and five FAB subtests (conceptualization, motor programming, sensitivity to interference, inhibitory control, and environmental autonomy) than VaD patients. These findings were largely confirmed in a sub-analysis conducted subdividing the sample in mild and moderate-to-severe demented patients and suggesting that in moderate-to-severe AD there was higher impairment in FAB total score and four FAB subtests (conceptualization, sensitivity to interference, inhibitory control, and environmental autonomy). Executive dysfunction could be greater in AD patients with moderate-to-severe dementia compared to VaD patients, although our groups were also not matched for age, comorbidity or polypharmacy, which could also exert an effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-711
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Volume62
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • dementia
  • executive function
  • vascular dementia

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