The Stroke that Struck Back: An Unusual Alien Hand Presentation

Andrew R. Spector, William D. Freeman, William P. Cheshire

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Alien hand syndrome is a rare condition that can result from neurodegenerative disorders, tumors, or strokes. We encountered an acute presentation of alien hand syndrome from a right parietal ischemic stroke. The condition was not recognized by the emergency department, delaying diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Early recognition of unusual manifestations of stroke, such as an acute alien hand syndrome, can lead to timely diagnosis and therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-73
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Alien hand syndrome
  • anterior circulation
  • brain infarction
  • parietal lobe
  • somatosensory cortex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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