Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Presents Prevalence, Diagnosis and Treatment of Pseudobulbar Affect in Stroke

Media Contact: 
Caitlin McCann
Communications Specialist
(315) 624-5433
Release Date: 
Oct 28, 2012

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) will offer a presentation on the prevalence, diagnosis and treatment of Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA) in stroke. The event will take place at 5pm in the Soggs Room at St. Luke’s Home on the St. Luke’s Campus, 1656 Champlin Avenue, Utica.
Registration is required and seating is limited for this free event. Please contact Laura Love at (315) 624-6847 to register and for more information.
Scott Brehaut, MD, medical director for the Stroke Center at FSLH, will present the material intended to educate healthcare professionals on PBA, why it occurs, current tools used to properly diagnose the condition, communication with patients and current treatment options. Medical and rehabilitation professionals who care for stroke survivors through recovery and rehabilitation as well as other stroke team members are encouraged to attend.
PBA, also referred to as involuntary emotional expression disorder (IEED), pathological laughing and crying, or emotional lability, is a neurologic disorder that results in sudden and unpredictable outbursts of crying, laughing or other emotional displays. More than a million people in the United States experience PBA; it is one of the most frequently reported post-stroke behavioral syndromes. PBA is underdiagnosed or may be misdiagnosed as depression; therefore, PBA tends to be undertreated or inappropriately treated.
FSLH is the only designated Stroke Center in the Mohawk Valley. FSLH’s Stroke Center, which received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll Achievement Award, is recognized for its commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
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