Alien hand syndrome in left posterior stroke

Michelangelo Bartolo, C. Zucchella, A. Pichiecchio, E. Pucci, G. Sandrini, E. Sinforiani

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Alien hand syndrome is a rare neurological disorder characterized by involuntary and uncontrollable motor behaviour, usually of an arm or hand. The patient perceives the affected limb as alien, and may personify it. The case of a 61-year-old right-handed woman who developed right posterior AHS after ischaemic stroke in the left posterior cerebral artery territory is reported. Neuroimaging studies disclosed no frontal or parietal involvement, while a posterior thalamic lesion was detected. A possible role of the thalamus in the genesis of AHS is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-486
Number of pages4
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Alien hand sign
  • Alien hand syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Thalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology


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