Relationship between the Head Deviation Angle and Hemineglect in Patients with Right Hemisphere Stroke
European Neurology, 07/26/2012
Yang TH et al. – Stroke patients with hemineglect exhibited significant head deviations in the transverse and coronal planes. Deviation angles correlated with hemineglect test scores.Methods
- In a prospective, single–center, cross–sectional study on 40 patients with single right hemisphere stroke, the authors evaluated left hemineglect severity using the line bisection and line cancellation tests.
- Head deviation angles were measured at admission and discharge using a head device containing 3 graduated discs that determined the angles of head deviation in the sagittal, coronal and transverse planes.
- Head angles in the transverse and coronal planes differed significantly between the left hemineglect and non–hemineglect groups.
- Scores obtained from the line bisection and line cancellation tests correlated with these angles.
- Furthermore, improvement in left hemineglect after rehabilitation training corresponded to a reduction in the angles.