Brain Neurorehabil.  2014 Sep;7(2):105-110. 10.12786/bn.2014.7.2.105.

Rehabilitation for Brainstem Lesion: Non-Motor Symptoms

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.


The brainstem is a compact, stalklike structure. It carries nearly all information between the brain and the remainder of body. It is a corridor to all major sensory, motor, cerebellar, cranial nerve pathways but it is not simply a conduit for information. It has numerous nuclei of the cranial nerves. Therefore, when a patient has a lesion in the brainstem, he or she will demonstrate a variety of symptoms regarding level of consciousness, motor control, muscle tone, posture, vegetative function and other essential function. Here, we will discuss about the non-motor symptoms caused by the brainstem lesions and the strategy for the rehabilitation.


balance; brainstem; consciousness; sensory function; swallowing
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