Spontaneous recovery and possible fluctuation in left visual neglect, and its relation to stroke severity, basic activities of daily living (ADL) and extended ADL were examined at 10 days, at 3, 6, and 12 months after onset. Twenty-one of 56 right hemisphere stroke patients had visual neglect. Three visual neglect recovery groups were identified: continuous, fluctuating and poor recovery. We concentrated on the comparison of the continuous and the fluctuating recovery groups. At the acute phase the fluctuating recovery group had larger infarcts, more severe neglect and stroke, and a lower level of basic ADL compared to the continuous recovery group. In the continuous recovery group stable recovery was detected up to 6 months, whereas in the fluctuating recovery group recovery was incoherent in neglect and in extended ADL. A minimum follow-up period of 6 months including the evaluation of extended ADL is recommended for neglect patients due to possible fluctuation in visual neglect.
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