Category Archives: Stroke

The Balint syndrome (a chaotic visual world)

The Balint syndrome is a rare neurological condition consisting of a triad of visuomotor deficits : simultanagnosia, oculomotor apraxia and optic apraxia. Simultanagnosia is the inability to perceive objects when they are simultaneously presented (seeing the tree but not the … Continue reading

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Minor Hemisphere Major Syndromes

Dr Carota recently published an extensive article entitled “Minor hemisphere major syndromes” on a prestigious international journal of neurology. You can take a look to understand how the functional differences of the two brain hemispheres result in different syndromes in … Continue reading

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Reduplicative Paramnesia

This syndrome is quite rare and there are no specific epidemiological data. It can be observed in both psychiatric and neurologic settings. In my personal neurologic career, I probably met thirty patients with this condition, most of them after frontal … Continue reading

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Recovery after stroke

Early prediction of functional outcome is important in stroke management to introduce rehabilitation programs with realistic objectives. These objectives should be periodically checked and continuously readapted with the salient clinical aspects of the patient recovery. Outcome is generally better for … Continue reading

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Pusher syndrome

Patients with the pusher syndrome are characterized to push toward the weak side of the body, generally the left side (on a coronal plane) after a right hemisphere lesion. This behavior puts them at high risk of falling. These patients … Continue reading

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Faces with no identity (prosopagnosia)

Acquired prosopagnosia (or face blindness) is the name of that rare syndrome (generally presenting, but not only, after stroke) affecting individuals who cannot recognize no more familiar faces or learn to recognize new faces. For example, these patients cannot differentiate … Continue reading

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Poststroke aggressiveness

Poststroke aggressiveness is very frequent but it is not a medical diagnosis. Moreover it corresponds to behavioral changes that are related to the emotion of anger. They associate variably with the anger trait, hostility, impulsivity, disruptiveness, confusion, agitation, anxiety, depression, … Continue reading

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The railway station in the hospital

Several years ago, during the visit in the morning, I discussed with a 75  y o man who suffered from a multifocal stroke of the right hemisphere few days before. He had left spatial neglect and anosognosia of hemiparesis, some … Continue reading

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