Astasia, inability to stand unsupported despite good strength, resembles the marked balance impairment of patients with vestibulocerebellar disease. We describe a patient with unilateral thalamic infarct that presented with astasia. A 76-year-old hypertensive woman was admitted to our hospital because of marked unsteadiness. On neurological examination, she could not stand unsupported and the woman's body swayed back and forth markedly. The swaying was not compensated for by her taking a step forward or backward, and she frequently collapsed when support was withdrawn. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance image revealed a discrete infarct within the right posterolateral thalamus. Brain single photon emission computerized tomography revealed markedly decreased regional cerebral blood flow within in the right thalamus with concomitant left superior cerebellar region. We discuss the possible pathomechanisms of thalamic astasia.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology