Residual tactile sensitivity with self-directed stimulation in hemianaesthesia.


A case of hemianaesthesia caused by right hemisphere stroke was found to have good sensitivity and cutaneous localisation when she touched her impaired hand with her good contralateral hand or with a probe held by that hand. The capacity did not depend solely upon movement or positioning of her right arm, and she could also discriminate whether her own left fingers, as opposed to someone else's inter-digitated fingers, were being touched, but only when she did the touching. Thus, the threshold of the impaired hand appeared to be markedly affected by active involvement of the contralateral limb in delivering the stimulus.

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