Illusory limb movements in anosognosia for hemiplegia

Todd E. Feinberg, David M. Roane, Jeffrey Ali

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To clarify the relation between anosognosia for hemiplegia and confabulation, 11 patients with acute right cerebral infarctions and left upper limb hemiparesis were assessed for anosognosia for hemiplegia, illusory limb movements (ILMs), hemispatial neglect, asomatognosia, and cognitive impairment. Five of 11 patients had unequivocal confabulation as evidenced by ILMs. The presence of ILMs was associated with the degree of anosognosia (p = 0.002), with hemispatial neglect (p < 0.05), and with asomatognosia (p < 0.01). The results confirm that a strong relation exists between anosognosia for hemiplegia and confabulations concerning the movement of the plegic limb. There is also a strong relation between ILMs and asomatognosia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-513
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Anosognosia
  • Asomatognosia
  • Confabulation


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