10. tbl 93. árg. 2007


Unilateral spatial neglect: A review of symptoms, frequency diagnosis and prognosis

Gaumstol - Yfirlit - Einkenni, tíðni, greining og horfur

Læknablaðið 2007; 93: 681-7

Unilateral spatial neglect is a disorder commonly encountered after hemisphere stroke, most often in the right hemisphere. Neglect patients fail to attend and respond to stimuli presented on the side of space opposite to the brain lesion. Neglect implies a complex dysfunction in the co-action between perception, motor behavior and the environment where the patients´ attentive capacities and the environmental space are of special importance. Patients´ difficulties can be seen in that they do not eat from the left side of the plate or omit words to the left when asked to read. Commonly patients do not have a complete insight into their neglect problems. Neglect in stroke patients has been associated with poor outcome on functional activities. Signs of neglect are not always obvious but can be explored and assessed quickly by bedside neuropsychological testing. Neglect is often more unclear to an observer than, e.g. if a patient suffers from paresis or aphasia. Education for patients, their relatives and others are therefore important.

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