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Alien Limb Phenomenon MeSH Descriptor Data 2024

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Alien Limb Phenomenon
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An apraxia characterized by the affected limb having involuntary, autonomous, and seemingly purposeful behaviors that are perceived as being controlled by an external force. Often the affected limb interferes with the actions of the normal limb. Symptoms develop from lesions in the CORPUS CALLOSUM or medial frontal cortex caused by stroke, infarction, and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB SYNDROME, corticobasal degeneration).
Entry Term(s)
Alien Hand Phenomenon
Alien Hand Syndrome
Alien Leg Syndrome
Alien Limb Syndrome
Anarchic Hand Syndrome
Phenomenon, Alien Hand
Phenomenon, Alien Limb
Syndrome, Alien Hand
Syndrome, Alien Leg
Syndrome, Alien Limb
Syndrome, Anarchic Hand
Previous Indexing
Apraxia, Ideomotor (2005-2009)
Ataxia (1986-2009)
Public MeSH Note
2023; see ALIEN HAND SYNDROME 2010-2022
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Alien Limb Phenomenon Preferred
Alien Hand Syndrome Narrower
Alien Leg Syndrome Related
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