Functional cortical reorganization after low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation plus intensive occupational therapy for upper limb hemiparesis: evaluation by functional magnetic resonance imaging in poststroke patients

International Journal of Stroke, 06/12/2013

The study aims to investigate the recovery mechanism using functional magnetic resonance imaging. The results of serial functional magnetic resonance imaging indicated that the proposed treatment can induce functional cortical reorganization, leading to motor functional recovery of the affected upper limb. Especially, it seems that neural activation in the lesional hemisphere plays an important role in such recovery in poststroke hemiparetic patients.

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