Lateropulsion: An Overlooked Driver of Balance and Gait Deficits in Stroke?

Lateropulsion after stroke limits a person’s ability to sit, stand, and walk and delays or interferes with functional recovery.1,2 Beyond contributing to significant disability in the individual, it creates safety challenges during rehabilitation and greater burden on caregivers and family. The neuroanatomic characterization of lateropulsion is in its early stages,3 and thus, effective treatments are lacking.4 This issue of Neurology® presents an elegant study5 investigating a clinically important and underexamined question: what is the functional prognosis of patients who present with lateropulsion after subacute stroke?

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