Comparing Consequences of Right and Left Unilateral Neglect in a Stroke Rehabilitation Population

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This article details right and left unilateral neglect (UN) in a stroke rehabilitation population.


This prospective observational cohort study documented hemipersonal neglect and hemispatial neglect in 309 of 325 stroke rehabilitation patients consecutively admitted over a 28-month period. Shoulder-hand complications, safety concerns, length of stay, discharge function, and discharge destination were documented.


Of the 85 with right UN and 113 with left UN, 17.7% had expressive aphasia, and 17.7% had mixed or receptive aphasia. Hemispatial neglect was associated with hemianopsia (29.2% and 31.8% for right and left, respectively). Having both hemipersonal neglect and hemispatial neglect was related to greater safety risk (46.9% vs. 24.3%), greater incidence of shoulder-hand complications (28.3% vs. 9.9%), lower FIM scores (>10 points lower), longer length of stay (8 days), and less likelihood of discharge to home (67.3% vs. 87.4%) than subjects without UN. Results were similar for those with right and left UN.


Right and left UN occur after stroke, can be detected even in the presence of aphasia, and are associated with shoulder-hand problems, lower discharge function, and lower likelihood of discharge home. Having both hemispatial neglect and hemipersonal neglect impacts people more than having either type of UN alone.

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