Ipsilesional neglect: Behavioural and anatomical features

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  • Objective - To learn more about the behavioural and anatomical features of ipsilesional neglect. Methods - Thirty consecutive patients with spatial neglect were tested on cancellation and line bisection tasks. To learn if patients with ipsilesional neglect demonstrate the sensory-attentional or motor-intentional type of neglect, a video apparatus was used that dissociates these determinants. Results - Five patients showed evidence of ipsilesional neglect. This phenomenon was seen only on the line bisection task. All patients with ipsilesional neglect had lesions involving frontal-subcortical regions. Although ipsilesional neglect evolved from early in three of five cases the other patients displayed ipsilesional neglect without initial contralateral neglect, suggesting that ipsilesional neglect cannot be fully attributed to a compensatory strategy. The results of the tests that used the video apparatus indicate that right sided frontal or subcortical injury may induce contralateral attentional or intentional 'approach' behaviours. Conclusions - Ipsilesional neglect is most often associated with frontal-subcortical lesions, cannot be entirely attributed to a compensatory strategy, and may be induced by an attentional bias, an intentional bias, or both.
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  • Kim M; Na DL; Kim GM; Adair JC; Lee KH; Heilman KM
  • Start Page

  • 35
  • End Page

  • 38
  • Volume

  • 67
  • Issue

  • 1