Journal article

The relationship between olfactory dysfunction and executive function in children with traumatic brain injury

Kathleen Bakker, Cathy Catroppa, Vicki Anderson

Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Olfactory dysfunction (OD) has been suggested as a possible marker of executive function (EF) deficits after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in adults. Little is known about the relationship between EF and OD in pediatric TBI (pTBI). This study aimed to investigate EF, explore the relationship between OD and EF, and determine the utility of olfactory performance as a marker of later EF in pTBI. It was hypothesized that (i) children with TBI would perform more poorly on EF measures relative to normative expectation; (ii) children with OD would perform more poorly on tests of EF than those with normal olfaction after TBI; and (iii) acute olfactory function would predict later EF for..

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