Hemiplegia

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Hemiplegia

Hemiplegia refers to a state in which there is a complete or near-complete loss of movement on one entire side of the body. Hemiplegia is caused by damage to the brain in regions that control body movements, and it is similar but more severe than hemiparesis. The side of the body that is paralyzed is opposite to the damaged side of the brain. Hemiplegia may be present at birth or may develop later in life from stroke or damage to the brain from injury, infection, or tumors.

The major symptoms of hemiplegia include stiffness, weakness, or lack of control on either the left or right side of the body. Other early symptoms include the use of only one hand, keeping one hand in a fist, difficulty walking and balancing, and difficulty performing actions requiring fine motor skills, such as using scissors or writing. In general, affected children may experience delayed milestones compared to their peers and are more likely to develop scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, as they grow. Once present, hemiplegia does not progress, but limitations may become more obvious with age. Damage to the brain may lead to related disorders in affected individuals. These include learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, difficulty with sight and speech, psychiatric illnesses, epilepsy, and behavioral problems.

While there is currently no cure for hemiplegia, there are treatments available to help reduce symptoms. Physical therapy can help prevent a decrease in muscle mass (atrophy). Braces and other devices may be used to increase mobility. Medications can be used to decrease seizures and help with psychiatric or behavioral issues. Surgery may be required if the condition affects other body functions. If you or your child has been diagnosed with a hemiplegia, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options.

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The terms "Hemiplegia" returned 286 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Spontaneously Fluctuating Motor Cortex Excitability in Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood: A Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study.
 

Author(s): William M Stern, Mahalekshmi Desikan, Damon Hoad, Fatima Jaffer, Gionata Strigaro, Josemir W Sander, John C Rothwell, Sanjay M Sisodiya

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Alternating hemiplegia of childhood is a very rare and serious neurodevelopmental syndrome; its genetic basis has recently been established. Its characteristic features include typically-unprovoked episodes of hemiplegia and other transient or more persistent neurological abnormalities.

Last Updated: 22 Mar 2016

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Mentalizing the body: spatial and social cognition in anosognosia for hemiplegia.
 

Author(s): Sahba Besharati, Stephanie J Forkel, Michael Kopelman, Mark Solms, Paul M Jenkinson, Aikaterini Fotopoulou

Journal: Brain. 2016 Mar;139(Pt 3):971-85.

 

Following right-hemisphere damage, a specific disorder of motor awareness can occur called anosognosia for hemiplegia, i.e. the denial of motor deficits contralateral to a brain lesion. The study of anosognosia can offer unique insights into the neurocognitive basis of awareness. ...

Last Updated: 26 Feb 2016

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[A febrile hemiplegia revealing a cerebral tuberculous arteritis].
 

Author(s): Haifa Zaibi, Ines Akrout, Leila El Fekih, Soraya Fenniche, Khaoula Ben Miled, Mohamed Lamine Megdiche

Journal: Tunis Med. 2015 Jun;93(6):392-3.

 

Last Updated: 8 Dec 2015

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The terms "Hemiplegia" returned 14 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The virtual bodily self: Mentalisation of the body as revealed in anosognosia for hemiplegia.
 

Author(s): Aikaterini Fotopoulou

Journal: Conscious Cogn. 2015 May;33():500-10.

 

Despite the coherence and seeming directness of our bodily experience, our perception of the world, including that of our own body, may constitute an inference based on ambiguous sensory data and prior expectations. In this article, I apply a 'psychologised' version of the recently ...

Last Updated: 6 Apr 2015

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The expanding spectrum of neurological phenotypes in children with ATP1A3 mutations, Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, Rapid-onset Dystonia-Parkinsonism, CAPOS and beyond.
 

Author(s): Matthew T Sweney, Tara M Newcomb, Kathryn J Swoboda

Journal: Pediatr. Neurol.. 2015 Jan;52(1):56-64.

 

ATP1A3 mutations have now been recognized in infants and children presenting with a diverse group of neurological phenotypes, including Rapid-onset Dystonia-Parkinsonism (RDP), Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC), and most recently, Cerebellar ataxia, Areflexia, Pes cavus, Optic ...

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2014

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Post-stroke hemiplegia rehabilitation: evolution of the concepts.
 

Author(s): P Marque, D Gasq, E Castel-Lacanal, X De Boissezon, I Loubinoux

Journal: Ann Phys Rehabil Med. 2014 Nov;57(8):520-9.

 

Stroke rehabilitation has undergone a revolution over the last three decades. Cohort studies have consistently reinforced the importance of post-stroke rehabilitation to stimulate recovery, but the concepts of empirical methods originally proposed by therapists to rehabilitate these ...

Last Updated: 3 Dec 2014

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Bimanual Training in Children With Hemiplegia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hemiplegia; Cerebral Palsy; Children

 

Last Updated: 8 Sep 2011

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Contralaterally Controlled FES of Arm & Hand for Subacute Stroke Rehabilitation
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Stroke; Hemiparesis; Hemiplegia

 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2016

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