Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51--53

Neurocognitive function in women affected by the Bhopal gas disaster


RN Sahu1, GP Naik2, Asha Dusad1, Vikas K Agrawal1 
1 Department of Psychiatry, Hamidia Hospital, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, MP, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Hamidia Hospital, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, MP, India

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R N Sahu
Department of Psychiatry, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, MP
India

Background: Methyl isocynate (MIC) is a reactive, toxic, volatile and inflammable gas. Exposure to MIC causes neurotoxicity and somatic abnormalities in human beings. Aim : We compared neurocognitive function in MIC-exposed women and a control group, as well as cognitive function in the MIC group and examined them with reference to age. Methods: The study sample comprised 30 women and a control group of 30 women. Both the groups were subjected to a detailed neuropsychiatric examination along with assessment of neurocognitive function using the PGI-Battery of Brain Dysfunction (PGI-BBD). Results: Mean scores of immediate recall, visual retention, difference in performance quotient/verbal quotient, Nahar-Bensen and Bender-Gestalt test were significantly affected in MIC-exposed women. However, among MIC-exposed women, neurocognitive functions were similarly affected in women in various age groups. Conclusion: Women in the MIC-exposed group had significant neurocognitive dysfunction in some specific areas as compared to women in the control group. The mean score of dysfunction rating of the PGI-BBD showed significant differences in neurocognitive functions between MIC-exposed and non-exposed women.


How to cite this article:
Sahu R N, Naik G P, Dusad A, Agrawal VK. Neurocognitive function in women affected by the Bhopal gas disaster.Indian J Psychiatry 2005;47:51-53


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Sahu R N, Naik G P, Dusad A, Agrawal VK. Neurocognitive function in women affected by the Bhopal gas disaster. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2005 [cited 2020 Jan 18 ];47:51-53
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