Association between lesion location and sensorimotor rhythms in stroke - a systematic review with narrative synthesis

Ivana Kancheva, Sandra M A van der Salm, Nick F Ramsey, Mariska J Vansteensel*

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BACKGROUND: Stroke causes alterations in the sensorimotor rhythms (SMRs) of the brain. However, little is known about the influence of lesion location on the SMRs. Understanding this relationship is relevant for the use of SMRs in assistive and rehabilitative therapies, such as Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)..

METHODS: We reviewed current evidence on the association between stroke lesion location and SMRs through systematically searching PubMed and Embase and generated a narrative synthesis of findings.

RESULTS: We included 12 articles reporting on 161 patients. In resting-state studies, cortical and pontine damage were related to an overall decrease in alpha (∼8-12 Hz) and increase in delta (∼1-4 Hz) power. In movement paradigm studies, attenuated alpha and beta (∼15-25 Hz) event-related desynchronization (ERD) was shown in stroke patients during (attempted) paretic hand movement, compared to controls. Stronger reductions in alpha and beta ERD in the ipsilesional, compared to contralesional hemisphere, were observed for cortical lesions. Subcortical stroke was found to affect bilateral ERD and ERS, but results were highly variable.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest a link between stroke lesion location and SMR alterations, but heterogeneity across studies and limited lesion location descriptions precluded a meta-analysis.

SIGNIFICANCE: Future research would benefit from more uniformly defined outcome measures, homogeneous methodologies, and improved lesion location reporting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4263-4289
Number of pages27
JournalNeurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology
Issue number12
Early online date22 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Lesion location
  • Motor recovery
  • Sensorimotor rhythms
  • Stroke
  • Systematic review


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