Recovery and repair issues after stroke from the scientific perspective

Curr Opin Neurol. 1997 Feb;10(1):49-51.


Animal and human studies have shown that motor and somatosensory cortex are capable of reorganization throughout adult life. Cortical reorganization has been associated with functional recovery in experimental and human stroke. Retraining after experimental cortical infarction has been shown to extend cortical representation of the infarcted area and improve skilled motor performance.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Cerebral Infarction / pathology
  • Cerebral Infarction / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Motor Cortex / pathology
  • Motor Cortex / physiopathology
  • Nerve Regeneration / physiology*
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology
  • Somatosensory Cortex / pathology
  • Somatosensory Cortex / physiopathology