Subcortical neglect is not always a transient phenomenon: Evidence from a 1-year follow-up study

Monika Fruhmann Berger, Leif Johannsen, Hans-Otto Karnath

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Compared to cortical lesions, spatial neglect following subcortical stroke is most frequently seen as a mild and transient phenomenon. Since this assumption is based on only few observations, we reexamined the prognosis and severity of spatial neglect in patients with circumscribed right-sided basal ganglia or thalamic lesions in the acute and in the chronic phase of the stroke. On average, 1.15 years after stroke, spatial neglect had persisted in about 40% of the patients with subcortical lesions. The severity was reduced to about one third. The results argue against the view that spatial neglect following subcortical lesions typically has a favorable prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-623
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Basal ganglia
  • Human
  • Prognosis
  • Recovery
  • Spatial neglect
  • Stroke
  • Thalamus

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