Improvement in Motor Performance in Paretic and Paralyzed Extremities Following Nonembolic Cerebral Infarction
The problems involved in measuring improvement as well as the conceptual difficulties in considering this phenomenon were considered in general terms.
Data on 300 patients with nonembolic cerebral infarction followed from five to nine years are presented, indicating that improvement in function of a paralyzed extremity may occur in the early phase after stroke but was extremely unlikely to continue during long-term follow-up from three months to five years. It was concluded that improvement in function might be determined more by retraining of the nonaffected muscles and particularly of the unaffected side rather than by recovery of the area paralyzed.
- © 1971 American Heart Association, Inc.