Cortical Activation of the Somatosensory Hand Area in Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy Patients. : fMRI Study. -Case Reports-

뇌성마비 편마비 환아의 체성감각피질 활성화에 대한 fMRI 연구 -증례 보고-

  • Lee, Zee Ihn (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu)
  • 이지인 (대구가톨릭대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실)
  • Published : 2005.05.31


Two hemiplegic cerebral palsy patients were studied to investigate the cortical mechanisms underlying preserved somatosensory capacity, using functional MRI(fMRI). Tactile stimulation was performed by brushing of palm, during fMRI study. By the affected hand stimulation, contralateral primary somatosensory cortex was activated in patient 1 and cortical area anterior to the lesion site was activated in patient 2. We suggest that reorganization of the somatosensory cortex after brain injury can be induced by recruitment of undamaged areas adjacent to lesion site.