Visual Neglect after PICA Stroke-A Case Study.

Geiser, Nora; Kaufmann, Brigitte Charlotte; Rühe, Henrik; Maaijwee, Noortje; Nef, Tobias; Cazzoli, Dario; Nyffeler, Thomas (2022). Visual Neglect after PICA Stroke-A Case Study. Brain Sciences, 12(2) MDPI 10.3390/brainsci12020290

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After cerebellar stroke, cognition can be impaired, as described within the framework of the so-called Cerebellar Cognitive Affective Syndrome (CCAS). However, it remains unclear whether visual neglect can also be part of CCAS. We describe the case of a patient with a subacute cerebellar stroke after thrombosis of the left posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA), who showed a left-sided visual neglect, indicating that the cerebellum also has a modulatory function on visual attention. The neglect, however, was mild and only detectable when using the sensitive neuro-psychological Five-Point Test as well as video-oculography assessment, yet remained unnoticed when evaluated with common neglect-specific paper-pencil tests. Three weeks later, follow-up assessments revealed an amelioration of neglect symptoms. Therefore, these findings suggest that visual neglect may be a part of CCAS, but that the choice of neglect assessments and the time delay since stroke onset may be crucial. Although the exact underlying pathophysiological mechanisms remain unclear, we propose cerebellar-cerebral diaschisis as a possible explanation of why neglect can occur on the ipsilateral side. Further research applying sensitive assessment tools at different post-stroke stages is needed to investigate the incidence, lesion correlates, and pathophysiology of neglect after cerebellar lesions.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation

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Geiser, Nora Carmen; Nef, Tobias; Cazzoli, Dario and Nyffeler, Thomas


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology








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01 Mar 2022 16:18

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PICA free visual exploration neglect stroke video-oculography




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