Prognosis of contraversive pushing

H. O. Karnath, L. Johannsen, D. Broetz, S. Ferber, J. Dichgans

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Stroke patients with 'pusher syndrome' actively push away from the non-hemiparetic side leading to a loss of postural balance and falling towards the paralysed side. The behaviour is due to an altered perception of the body's orientation in relation to gravity. Here, we studied the prognosis of the disorder. Twelve pusher patients first investigated immediately after the stroke were re-examined 6 months later. Pusher symptoms had nearly completely recovered. The aim for physiotherapy of patients with contraversive pushing thus is to shorten the period of necessary treatment and enable earlier discharge from residential care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1250-1253
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neurology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain-damage
  • Gravity
  • Postural vertical
  • Pusher syndrome
  • Spatial neglect
  • Visual vertical

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