Sequelae of a left-sided parietal stroke: Posterior alien hand syndrome.
Summary of "Sequelae of a left-sided parietal stroke: Posterior alien hand syndrome."
Posterior alien hand syndrome is a new addition to a poorly understood group of movement disorders. Historically, anatomical lesions causing uncontrolled limb movement and a feeling of foreignness were found to be located in the corpus callosum or frontal lobe. Recent case reports, however, demonstrate the typical symptoms of alien hand syndrome with lesions located in the parietal/occipital lobes. Disturbance of normal function in these regions tends to produce less complex motor activity, such as hand levitation, along with a sensory component characterized by feeling of estrangement. We discuss a patient who presented with unusual symptoms following an outpatient procedure and was found to have posterior alien hand syndrome.
Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.
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Name: Neurocase : case studies in neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, and behavioural neurology
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20824573
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13554794.2010.497154
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A congenital defect in which the heart is located on the right side of the THORAX instead of on the left side (levocardia, the normal position). When dextrocardia is accompanied with inverted HEART ATRIA, a right-sided STOMACH, and a left-sided LIVER, the combination is called dextrocardia with SITUS INVERSUS. Dextrocardia may adversely affect other thoracic organs.
Alien Hand Syndrome
An apraxia characterized by the affected limb having involuntary, autonomous, and purposeful behaviors that are perceived as being controlled by an external force. Often the affected limb interferes with the actions of the normal limb. Symptoms develop from lesions in the CORPUS CALLOSUM or medial frontal cortex, stroke, infarction, and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB SYNDROME, corticobasal degeneration).
Cranial Fossa, Posterior
The infratentorial compartment that contains the CEREBELLUM and BRAIN STEM. It is formed by the posterior third of the superior surface of the body of the sphenoid (SPHENOID BONE), by the occipital, the petrous, and mastoid portions of the TEMPORAL BONE, and the posterior inferior angle of the PARIETAL BONE.
Posterior Cerebral Artery
Artery formed by the bifurcation of the BASILAR ARTERY. Branches of the posterior cerebral artery supply portions of the OCCIPITAL LOBE; PARIETAL LOBE; inferior temporal gyrus, brainstem, and CHOROID PLEXUS.
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