Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
Print version ISSN 0004-282X
LEITE, Paulo J. M. et al. The intracarotid amobarbital procedure (Wada test) with two protocols combined, Montreal and Seattle. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 1997, vol.55, n.2, pp. 174-178. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X1997000200002.
The intracarotid amobarbital procedure was carried out in 8 male and 7 female candidates to temporal lobectomy, and a female candidate to frontal lesionectomy, aged 18-50 (mean 32.5) years. Language and memory were tested after injection in each hemisphere. Both were measured by the Montreal procedure. In 9 patients language and memory were evaluated with the Seattle procedure too. In 12 patients the left hemisphere was dominant for language; three had bilateral dominance. In I patient the Seattle procedure demonstrated the dominant hemisphere by relatively slowness of speech during the drug effect in the left hemisphere. Memory was defined to be in the left hemisphere in 12 patients, in the right in 2, bilateral in 1 and in another lateralization was not possible. In 1 patient memory dominance was determined by the Montreal protocol alone because of lack of cooperation. These early results indicate that the methods may be complementary for determination of language and memory dominance in epilepsy surgery candidates.
Keywords : amobarbital (Wada) test; epilepsy surgery; language; memory.