Taiza E. G. Santos-Pontelli

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We report a sequential neuroimaging study in a 48-years-old man with a history of chronic hypertension and lacunar strokes involving the ventral lateral posterior nucleus of the thalamus. The patient developed mild hemiparesis and severe contraversive pushing behavior after an acute hemorrhage affecting the right thalamus. Following standard motor(More)
Pathologic tilt of subjective visual vertical (SVV) frequently has adverse functional consequences for patients with stroke and vestibular disorders. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) of the supramarginal gyrus can produce a transitory tilt on SVV in healthy subjects. However, the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on(More)
Assessing interindividual variability of brain activation is of practical importance to the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in the clinical context. The main objective of this study is to analyze the variability of the oculomotor system through horizontal optokinetic, pursuit and saccadic eye movement stimulations by means of fMRI. We(More)
UNLABELLED Subjective visual vertical (SVV) evaluates the individual's capacity to determine the vertical orientation. Using a neck brace (NB) allow volunteers' heads fixation to reduce cephalic tilt during the exam, preventing compensatory ocular torsion and erroneous influence on SVV result. OBJECTIVE To analyze the influence of somatosensory inputs(More)
BACKGROUND Pusher syndrome is a disorder of postural control observed in patients with right or left brain damage associated with hemiparesis. Those patients show a peculiar behavior of actively pushing away from the nonhemiparetic side and resisting against passive correction, with a tendency to fall toward the paralyzed side. Thus far this phenomenon has(More)
Background. The subjective visual vertical (SVV) is a perception often impaired in patients with neurologic disorders and is considered a sensitive tool to detect otolithic dysfunctions. However, it remains unclear whether the semicircular canals (SCCs) are also involved in the visual vertical perception. Objective. The aim of this study was to analyze the(More)
INTRODUCTION Pusher behavior (PB) is a postural control disorder characterized by actively pushing away from the nonparetic side and resisting passive correction with a tendency to fall toward the paralyzed side. 1 These patients have no awareness that their active pushing is counterproductive, which precludes the patients from standing without assistance.(More)
We offer this letter to spark discussion about potential transcranial methods to augment rehabilitation to ameliorate lateropulsion after stroke. Patients with lateropulsion after stroke, also known as 'pusher syndrome,' actively push themselves to the weak side and resist passive correction of the posture to the vertical upright [1]. Various lesion sites(More)
Deficits of postural control and perceptions of verticality are disabling problems observed in stroke patients that have been recently correlated to each other. However, there is no evidence in the literature confirming this relationship with quantitative posturography analysis. Therefore, the objectives of the present study were to analyze the relationship(More)