The FAB: A frontal assessment battery at bedside

  title={The FAB: A frontal assessment battery at bedside},
  author={Bruno Dubois and Andrea Slachevsky and Irene Litvan and Bernard Pillon},
OBJECTIVE To devise a short bedside cognitive and behavioral battery to assess frontal lobe functions. [] Key Method The authors studied 42 normal subjects and 121 patients with various degrees of frontal lobe dysfunction (PD, n = 24; multiple system atrophy, n = 6; corticobasal degeneration, n = 21; progressive supranuclear palsy, n = 47; frontotemporal dementia, n = 23).

Japanese version of the Frontal Assessment Battery for dementia

The Frontal Assessment Battery

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The Frontal Assessment Battery 20 years later: normative data for a shortened version (FAB15)

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Can the frontal assessment battery (FAB) differentiate bradykinetic rigid syndromes? Relation of the FAB to formal neuropsychological testing

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Use of the frontal assessment battery in evaluating executive dysfunction in patients with Huntington’s disease

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Frontal Assessment Battery in Early Cognitive Impairment: Psychometric Property and Factor Structure

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The Frontal Assessment Battery in the Differential Diagnosis of Dementia

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The Frontal Assessment Battery as a Tool for Evaluation of Frontal Lobe Dysfunction in Patients With Parkinson Disease

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Brazilian version of the Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB): Preliminary data on administration to healthy elderly

The Brazilian version of the FAB proved to be influenced by education, but not age, and correlating with age, education and scores in the Mini- Mental State Examination (MMSE).

Using the Frontal Assessment Battery to identify executive function impairments in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A preliminary experience

The FAB was investigated as an assessment of cognitive impairment among 16 subjects with ALS, and their performance on the FAB and the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) was evaluated.



The neuropsychological pattern of corticobasal degeneration

Patients with CBD show a specific neuropsychological pattern associating a dysexecutive syndrome, likely due to degeneration of the basal ganglia and prefrontal cortex, and asymmetric praxis disorders, which might be related to premotor and parietal lobe lesions.

Clinicometabolic dissociation of cognitive functions and social behavior in frontal lobe lesions

The results show that impaired executive functions and serial skill deficits are associated with distinct metabolic patterns in patients with frontal lobe pathology, and suggest the existence of a modular organization of the frontal cortex in humans, as previously reported in nonhuman primates.

Human autonomy and the frontal lobes. Part I: Imitation and utilization behavior: A neuropsychological study of 75 patients

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Dissociating executive mechanisms of task control following frontal lobe damage and Parkinson's disease.

It is proposed that while both left and right frontal cortical areas are involved in the organization of cognitive and motor processes in situations involving novel task demands, only the left frontal cortex isinvolved in the dynamic reconfiguring between already-established task-sets, and specifically, that it is the site of an executive mechanism responsible for the modulation of exogenous task-set activity.

Wisconsin Card Sorting Test performance following head injury: dorsolateral fronto-striatal circuit activity predicts perseveration.

PET imaging with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose was used to examine the relationship of regional brain metabolism to perseverative responding on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test in patients with a history of closed-head injury and found an inverse relationship was found.

CLOX: an executive clock drawing task

The CLOX is an internally consistent measure that is easy to administer and displays good inter-rater reliability and is strongly associated with cognitive test scores.

A brief assessment of frontal and subcortical functions in dementia.

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  • Psychology, Medicine
    The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences
  • 1993
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Testing cognition may contribute to the diagnosis of movement disorders

Diseases with movement disorders may be difficult to diagnose, both at the onset, when motor symptoms are mild and not sufficiently specific (e.g., difficulty in manipulating objects), or at end