Post-stroke Movement Disorders: Clinical Spectrum, Pathogenesis, and Management

Neurol India. 2021 Mar-Apr;69(2):272-283. doi: 10.4103/0028-3886.314574.


Involuntary movements develop after 1-4% of strokes and they have been reported in patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes affecting the basal ganglia, thalamus, and/or their connections. Hemichorea-hemiballism is the most common movement disorder following a stroke in adults while dystonia is most common in children. Tremor, myoclonus, asterixis, stereotypies, and vascular parkinsonism are other movement disorders seen following stroke. Some of them occur immediately after acute stroke, some can develop later, and others may have delayed onset progressive course. Proposed pathophysiological mechanisms include neuronal plasticity, functional diaschisis, and age-related differences in brain metabolism. There are no guidelines regarding the management of post-stroke movement disorders, mainly because of their heterogeneity.

Keywords: Dystonia; stroke; tremor.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Chorea*
  • Dystonia*
  • Humans
  • Movement Disorders* / etiology
  • Movement Disorders* / therapy
  • Stroke* / complications
  • Stroke* / therapy
  • Tremor