Reorganization of somatic sensory function in the human thalamus after stroke

Shinji Ohara, Frederick A. Lenz

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A patient with a thalamic stroke underwent a microelectrode-guided stereotactic thalamic exploration during surgery for control of tremor. The results of somatic sensory mapping in this patient were compared with explorations carried out during stereotactic surgery for the control of essential tremor (70 patients). There was evidence both of somatotopic reorganization and of anatomic reorganization of the representation of deep structures in the principal somatic sensory nucleus of the thalamus and the nuclei located anterior to it. This case demonstrates that thalamic reorganization can occur after a thalamic stroke and may play a role in recovery from such a stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)800-803
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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