Lateral thalamic infarcts

Arch Neurol. 1988 Sep;45(9):959-64. doi: 10.1001/archneur.1988.00520330037008.


A patient with occlusion of the proximal posterior cerebral artery (PCA), a lateral thalamic infarct, and hemisensory loss later developed hemianopia and hemiparesis and had extensive PCA territory infarction in the midbrain, the lateral portion of the thalamus, and the occipital lobe noted at necropsy. Two other patients had lateral thalamic infarcts on computed tomography, normal angiographic findings, and presumed thalamogeniculate artery branch occlusion. There are three clinical syndromes associated with lateral thalamic infarction: (1) hemisensory loss, hemiataxia, and involuntary movements; (2) pure sensory stroke; and (3) sensory-motor stroke. Ataxia, adventitious movements, and sensory loss are due to infarction of the lateral, posterolateral, and posteromedial ventral nuclei caused by occlusion of the PCA proximal to the thalamogeniculate artery branches or by occlusion of large thalamogeniculate arteries. Pure sensory and sensory-motor strokes are due to smaller infarcts in the posterolateral-posteromedial ventral complex and adjacent internal capsule caused by occlusion of penetrating artery branches of the thalamogeniculate arteries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Vessels / anatomy & histology
  • Blood Vessels / pathology
  • Blood Vessels / physiology
  • Brain / anatomy & histology
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / pathology
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Cerebral Arteries
  • Cerebrovascular Circulation
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / complications
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / etiology
  • Humans
  • Infarction / diagnostic imaging
  • Infarction / pathology*
  • Infarction / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Thalamus / blood supply*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed