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Grantee in the News: Sharon Inouye on Post-Operative Delirium in Journal of Alz Disease

Dec 4
2017

Grantee in the News: Sharon Inouye on Post-Operative Delirium in Journal of Alz Disease View MoreBACK

On November 28, 2017, The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published research co-authored by 1989 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient, Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH that found that that the severity of post-operative delirium relates to severity of cognitive decline.


In “Delirium Severity Post-Surgery and its Relationship with Long-Term Cognitive Decline in a Cohort of Patients without Dementia,“ Dr. Inouye found increasing evidence that the level of delirium in post-surgical patients is associated with the level of later cognitive decline in those same patients and notes in a related press release:

"These results challenge the idea that delirium is reversible with only acute complications. Though delirium generally subsides after a period of time, it appears to have lasting effects, the severity of which are related to the severity of the delirium itself. This work suggests the need to target patients with high delirium severity for strategies to prevent progressive cognitive decline as they are at increased risk for dementia."

The original research is available by subscription only, but a releated release can be read here.
 


Dr. Sharon K. Inouye is the Director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds the Milton and Shirley F. Levy Family Chair and is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

 





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