What is spatial neglect due to a stroke?

Raul Guisado, MD
Spatial neglect is a symptom of stroke. Neurologist Raul Guisado, MD, of Regional Medical Center of San Jose, explains what happens in the brain to cause spatial neglect.
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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Effects of Stroke

Effects of Stroke

A stroke can leave someone disabled or even cause death if not treated in time. Complications may depend on the type of stroke, but brain damage is likely to occur because the blood supply to the brain has been interrupted. Some e...

ffects of stroke include difficulty communicating, memory loss, paralysis, difficulty walking, seizures, urinary tract infections and bladder control issues, depression and increased risk of another stroke. To reduce damage, getting a stroke victim help as soon as possible is key. Doctors will treat based on the type of stroke, hemorrhagic or ischemic. Learn more about the permanent and temporary effects of stroke with expert advice from Sharecare.

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