Frontal Lobe Syndromes Follow-up

Updated: Sep 20, 2017
  • Author: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Outpatient care monitors what tasks a patient can accomplish in his home or residential facility and what tasks are sources of difficulty for the patient and his caregivers. Assessing how patients spend their time each day is useful.

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Further Inpatient Care

Excluding rare cases in which surgical care may be indicated (eg, tumors, subdural hematomas), most care is directed at providing a safe, secure environment for the patient and at supporting caregivers.

Family education about the patient's deficit is essential.

Discharge planning and family meetings may be necessary if the family remains unrealistic about the possibility of home discharge. In such a meeting, team members, including therapists, nurses, and physicians, can elaborate on the patient's needs and impress on the family the sometimes-unrealistic nature of their expectations.

Services, as described in Consultations, can be arranged for patients.

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Prognosis

The prognosis depends on the underlying pathology.

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Patient Education

For patients in whom frontal lobe dysfunction is the result of strokes, visit eMedicineHealth's Brain and Nervous System Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Stroke.

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