Posterior internal capsule infarction associated with neglect

Arch Neurol. 1984 Apr;41(4):422-4. doi: 10.1001/archneur.1984.04050160084020.


A persistent hemispatial neglect developed in a patient following a small infarction of the posterior limb of the right internal capsule. This defect was restricted to tasks requiring spontaneous motor performance on the contralateral hemispace, especially when carried out under visual control. It was not associated with an extinction phenomenon. Verbal cues improved exploratory behavior, suggesting that hemispatial akinesia in this case was due to an intentional disorder. A pulvinar-parietal disconnection, depriving the right parietal cortex from relevant visuospatial information from the contralateral hemispace, was probably the anatomic basis of hemispatial neglect in this case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attention*
  • Cerebral Infarction / complications*
  • Cerebral Infarction / physiopathology
  • Cerebral Infarction / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neural Pathways
  • Psychological Tests
  • Thalamus / physiopathology