Surgical resection of glioblastomas (GBMs) is associated with an increase in emotion recognition deficit and this deficit was found to be associated with changes in the same right hemisphere white matter tracts as seen in other neurological diseases.
Why this matters ?
Similar to patients with traumatic brain injury or dementia, patients with brain tumors have been reported to withdraw from social participation following treatment.
This was the first study to investigate the longitudinal relationship between emotion recognition deficits and changes in fractional anisotropy (FA) tract values in patients undergoing glioblastoma resection. This information may be useful for informing clinical consultations with patients undergoing surgery, particularly with regards to support considerations for social cognition rehabilitation.