Impaired Set-Shifting from Dorsal Stream Disconnection: Insights from a European Series of Right Parietal Lower-Grade Glioma Resection

Suzanne L Hartung, Emmanuel Mandonnet, Philip de Witt Hamer, Martin Klein, Michel Wager, Fabien Rech, Johan Pallud, Catarina Pessanha Viegas, Sebastian Ille, Sandro M Krieg, Pierre A Robe, Martine J E van Zandvoort

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Awake surgery with cognitive monitoring has increasingly been implemented to preserve brain networks and functionality. More recently, not only surgery in the left but also in the right hemisphere, i.c., the parietal lobe, was associated with potential risk for deficits in cognitive functions, such as cognitive flexibility. In this explorative pilot study, we compare cognitive performance more than three months after surgery with baseline measurements and explore the association between cognitive decline and subcortical tracts that may have been severed during surgery in the right hemisphere. Twenty-two patients who underwent surgery for a right parietal low-grade glioma were assessed pre- and postoperatively using the Trail Making Test and the Stroop task to administer set-shifting abilities and inhibition. Volume measurements and lesion-symptom mapping analyses were performed on postoperative MRI scans. Careful interpretation of the results shows a change in TMT performance and not on the Stroop Task when the lateral part of the arcuate fasciculus is damaged, indicating that disconnection of the lateral part of the dorsal stream might be correlated specifically with impaired set-shifting and not with inhibition. More importantly, this study underlines the need for international concertation to allow larger studies to increase power and perform more detailed analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3337
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Brain network
  • Cognitive flexibility executive function
  • Connectivity
  • Glioma
  • Intraoperative monitoring
  • Trail Making Test

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