Concerning the mechanism of recovery in stroke hemiplegia

Can J Neurol Sci. 1992 Feb;19(1):57-63.


Two patients with pure motor hemiplegia were regaining strength in the affected limbs when a pure motor stroke developed on the opposite side. At the same time as the new hemiplegia appeared, the recovering side became re-paralyzed, suggesting that activity in the contralateral corticospinal tract had participated in the recovery process. Pathological studies were confirmatory. The literature pertaining to contralateral motor compensation is reviewed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Basal Ganglia / pathology
  • Brain / pathology
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / pathology*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / physiopathology
  • Electromyography
  • Female
  • Fingers / physiology
  • Hemiplegia / pathology*
  • Hemiplegia / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Mesencephalon / pathology
  • Movement / physiology
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed