What is spatial neglect due to a stroke?

One fairly common effect of stroke is called spatial "neglect." This is a lack of awareness on one side of the body, usually the side opposite from where the stroke damage occurred in the brain. Patients with neglect do not realize that they are failing to acknowledge one side of their world, making it difficult for them to function safely in their environment. Someone with neglect might leave food on half of a plate, shave only one side of his face, or put only one arm into a shirtsleeve. Many patients with mild neglect improve spontaneously within a few weeks. For those with more profound neglect, improvement may progress slowly over months.

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