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Demonstration of Recovery of a Severely Damaged Corticospinal Tract: A Diffusion Tensor Tractography and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Follow-Up Study

Yang, Dong Suk MD*; Kim, Dae-Shik PhD; Kim, Yun-Hee MD, PhD; Jang, Sung Ho MD*

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: May-June 2008 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p 418-420
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e31811eba4e
Neuroimaging: Case Report

We demonstrated the recovery of a severely damaged corticospinal tract (CST) in a 45-year-old female patient with intracerebral hemorrhage using diffusion tensor tractography and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Two longitudinal evaluations were conducted. There was no evidence of a CST in the affected hemisphere on the first evaluation. However, we observed evidence of a CST on the second evaluation. It seems that the affected motor function was recovered through the recovery of the damaged CST.

From the *Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Taegu, Republic of Korea; †Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, School of Medicine Boston University, Boston, MA; and ‡Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Received for publication May 5, 2007; accepted May 10, 2007.

Reprints: Sung Ho Jang, MD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Yeungnam University 317-1, Daemyungdong, Namku, Taegu, 705-717, Republic of Korea (e-mail: strokerehab@hanmail.net).

This research was supported by the Yeungnam University research grants in 2007.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.