Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Rehabilitation of Hemispatial Neglect After Stroke

CNS Spectr. 2020 Feb;25(1):38-49. doi: 10.1017/S1092852918001748.


Background: Noninvasive brain stimulation can modulate neural processing within the motor cortex and thereby might be beneficial in the rehabilitation of hemispatial neglect after stroke.

Methods: We review the pertinent literature regarding the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation in order to facilitate recovery of hemispatial neglect after stroke.

Results: Twenty controlled trials (including 443 stroke patients) matched our inclusion criteria. Methodology and results of each study are presented in a comparative approach. Current data seem to indicate a better efficiency of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, compared to tDCS to ameliorate hemispatial neglect after stroke.

Conclusions: Noninvasive brain stimulation has the potential to facilitate recovery of hemispatial neglect after stroke, but until today, there are not enough data to claim its routine use.

Keywords: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation; hemispatial neglect; stroke; transcranial direct current stimulation.