Recovery of an Injured Corticospinal Tract in a Patient With Infarction on the Corona Radiata

  • Lee, Sook (Department of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, Dankook University) ;
  • Lim, Hyoung-Won (Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Dankook University) ;
  • Yeo, Sang-Seok (Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Dankook University)
  • Received : 2015.01.21
  • Accepted : 2015.02.11
  • Published : 2015.02.25

Abstract

Purpose: Many studies have attempted to elucidate the motor recovery mechanisms of stroke. In the current study, we report on a patient with infarction who showed recovery of an injured corticospinal tract (CST), using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Methods: A 20-year-old male presented with severe paralysis of the left extremities following an infarction in the right corona radiate and basal ganglia. The patient showed good motor recovery as much as being able to manipulate object using his left hand and could walk independently on stairs at 9 months after onset. Results: At 1 month after onset, the right CST showed decreased fiber volume due to the partial injury at the level of the corona radiate, and no (motor evoked potential) MEP was evoked from the right hemisphere. By contrast, the results at 9 months showed increased fiber volume of the right CST and the amplitude of MEP had improved to normal range on TMS. Conclusion: These results suggest that the severely injured right CST and MEP amplitude had been recovered during 9 months. Therefore, this result has important implications for brain plasticity and brain rehabilitation in patients with infarction.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Rural Development Administration

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