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May 2006

Pure Monoparesis: What Makes It Different

Arch Neurol. 2006;63(5):786. doi:10.1001/archneur.63.5.786-a

We read with interest the study by Maeder-Ingvar et al.1 They reported 195 cases of pure monoparesis, with 42 (22%) cases involving the face, 123 (63%) cases involving an arm, and 30 (15%) cases involving a leg, from the Lausanne Stroke Registry (1979 through 2000). No correlation between stroke type and etiology was found. Echocardiography was performed in only 37% of the patients in this group; cardioembolic risk factors were found in 5% and patent foramen ovale in 4%.

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