Immediate spasticity with acute hemiplegia is a sign of basal ganglia hemorrhage

Israel Steiner*, Zohar Argov, John M. Gomori, Daniel Gottlieb, Eldad Melamed

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ABSTRACT – Acute appearance of hemiparesis or hemiplegia with initial marked spasticity was observed in 8 stroke patients. All had intracerebral hematomas and in 7 it was located in the region of the basal ganglia. By contrast, none of 121 hemiplegic patients with hemispheric ischemic stroke hospitalized during the same period had increased muscle tone in the involved limbs at stroke onset. Study indicates that association of hemiplegia with immediate spasticity at stroke onset is a clinical clue to a possible deeply located intracerebral hematoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-170
Number of pages3
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Basal ganglia
  • intracerebral hematoma
  • spasticity


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