Hand motor cortical area reorganization in stroke: a study with fMRI, MEG and TCS maps

Neuroreport. 1998 Jun 22;9(9):2141-6. doi: 10.1097/00001756-199806220-00043.


The anatomical and functional correlates of the hand sensorimotor areas was investigated in a stroke patient with a malacic lesion in the left fronto-parieto-temporal cortex. The patient presented hemiplegia and motor aphasia 12 months earlier, followed by an excellent motor recovery. Transcranial magnetic stimulation mapping, functional magnetic resonance and magnetoencephalography were used as methods of functional imaging and all yielded consistent results. In particular, an asymmetrical enlargement and posterior shift of the sensorimotor areas localized in the affected hemisphere were found with all three techniques. Aspects related to brain 'plasticity' for functional recovery are discussed.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / pathology*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / physiopathology
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Hand / innervation*
  • Hand / physiology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Motor Cortex / pathology*
  • Motor Cortex / physiopathology
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology