How might the patient's impaired attention and memory be interpreted in relation to his performance on language and visuoconstructional tasks?
The patient's strong performance on visuoconstructional tasks suggests intact attention and visual recall. The fundamental deficit in this case is language function, which undermines the patient's capacity to perform language-mediated assessment tasks including digit-span (an attention item) and word recall (a memory item). Communication of knowledge is also likely to be impaired.
Bedside Cognitive Profile (NUCOG)
- Attention: 9/20
- Visuoconstructional: 17/20
- Memory: 10/20
- Executive Function: 11.5/20
- Language: 8/20
- Total: 55.5/100
Simply copy: intact.
Rey complex copy: fair.
Simple expressive language tasks: significantly impaired.