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J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2009 Jan;18(1):72-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2008.08.003.

The stroke that struck back: an unusual alien hand presentation.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida 32224, USA.


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.

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