Contraversive pushing and inattention of the contralesional hemispace
Lafosse, Christophe × Kerckhofs, E Troch, M Vereeck, L Van Hoydonck, G Moeremans, M Broeckx, J Van den Bussche, E #
Taylor & francis inc
Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology vol:27 issue:4 pages:460-484
The aim of this study was to investigate, in 114 stroke patients, the frequency of occurrence of a largely unknown neurological disorder, characterized by a postural imbalance due to a 'pushing away' reaction of the body towards the contralesional side of space, in function of hemispheric lesion localization and gender. The study also investigate the relation of this contraversive pushing with active movement, somatosensory perception deficits and, in particular, inattention of contralesional hemispace and body. The similarity of the presence of contraversive pushing and the syndrome of spatial hemineglect together with a gender-related differentiation suggest the existence of a "pusher syndrome", in which the pathophysiology points in the direction of a spatial higher-order processing deficit, related to spatial inattention, underlying the higher frequency and severity of contraversive pushing after right brain lesions.