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April 1992

Where Is the Lesion in Allochiria?

Author Affiliations

CIGNA Healthplans Department of Neurology 1711 W Temple St Los Angeles, CA 90026 D. Frank Benson, MD UCLA Medical Center Department of Neurology 710 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90024

Arch Neurol. 1992;49(4):348-349. doi:10.1001/archneur.1992.00530280028013

To the Editor.  —The article by Meador and coworkers1 that appeared in the May 1991 issue of the Archives clearly demonstrates the disservice to the understanding of neural processes that may result from Psychogenic interpretations of uncommon neurologic observations. Even though the mechanisms underlying allochiria remain unknown, the authors' recommendation of a return to the original 19th-century definitions for these two terms is well taken. A recent case that we observed offers some additional information about this unique phenomenon.

Report of a Case.  —A 47-year-old woman was brought to the emergency department because of altered mental status. She had suffered two episodes of "shaking all over" approximately 30 minutes earlier. Her medical history was remark

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