Transcranial brain stimulation after stroke.

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Summary of "Transcranial brain stimulation after stroke."

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in adults. In Germany an estimated 1.5 million stroke survivors have to cope with persisting sensorimotor or cognitive deficits and effective therapies are scarce. The idea of using non-invasive brain stimulation to treat neuropsychiatric diseases was already born more than 2,000 years ago (Scribonius largus, 43-48 AD). However, only the development of modern non-invasive brain stimulation methods, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has made it possible to evaluate these ideas. The therapeutic value of these non-invasive brain stimulation methods is currently under study for several neuropsychiatric diseases, mostly in a proof-of-principle fashion. In this article the focus will be on non-invasive brain stimulation to enhance functional regeneration after stroke.


BrainImaging and NeuroStimulation (BINS) Labor, Klinik und Poliklinik für Neurologie, Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, 20246, Hamburg, Deutschland,

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