Liver function tests and neuropsychologic impairment in substance abusers. Journal Article uri icon

Overview

abstract

  • The relationship between residual neuropsychologic dysfunction in alcoholics and subtle changes in liver function during acute phases of treatment was examined. Noncirrhotic alcoholics who exhibited extreme elevations in the liver enzyme gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) were found to have greater impairments in tasks of visuoperceptual and conceptual abilities when compared to alcoholics with normal or only mild elevations in GGT. The relationship between acute liver dysfunction and residual neuropsychologic impairment appeared to be independent of age and patterns of drinking. The implications of these findings in relation to treatment planning and prognosis of alcoholics are discussed.

publication date

  • January 1, 1991

Full Author List

  • Richardson ED; Malloy PF; Longabaugh R; Williams J; Noel N; Beattie MC

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 51

end page

  • 55

volume

  • 16

issue

  • 1-2