Transcranial direct current stimulation in stroke recovery

Arch Neurol. 2008 Dec;65(12):1571-6. doi: 10.1001/archneur.65.12.1571.


Transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) is an emerging technique of noninvasive brain stimulation that has been found useful in examining cortical function in healthy subjects and in facilitating treatments of various neurologic disorders. A better understanding of adaptive and maladaptive poststroke neuroplasticity and its modulation through noninvasive brain stimulation has opened up experimental treatment options using TDCS for patients recovering from stroke. We review the role of TDCS as a facilitator of stroke recovery, the different modes of TDCS, and the potential mechanisms underlying the neural effects of TDCS.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Electric Stimulation / methods
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology
  • Recovery of Function / physiology*
  • Stroke / pathology
  • Stroke / therapy*
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation / methods*