Subcortical neglect is not always a transient phenomenon: evidence from a 1-year follow-up study

J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2009 Jul;31(5):617-23. doi: 10.1080/13803390802403672. Epub 2008 Nov 24.


Compared to cortical lesions, spatial neglect following subcortical stroke is most frequently seen as a mild and transient phenomenon. Since this assumption is based on only few observations, we reexamined the prognosis and severity of spatial neglect in patients with circumscribed right-sided basal ganglia or thalamic lesions in the acute and in the chronic phase of the stroke. On average, 1.15 years after stroke, spatial neglect had persisted in about 40% of the patients with subcortical lesions. The severity was reduced to about one third. The results argue against the view that spatial neglect following subcortical lesions typically has a favorable prognosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cerebral Cortex / pathology
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male
  • Perceptual Disorders / etiology
  • Perceptual Disorders / pathology*
  • Perceptual Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Recovery of Function / physiology*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Stroke / complications