ALIEN HAND SYNDROME & TREATMENT
Definition: What is "Alien hand syndrome"?
Alien hand syndrome , also identified as Dr. Strangelove syndrome & anarchic hand is an very unusual neurological disorder, characterized by the apparent loss of control of one's hand & the sufferer's hand appears to have a mind of its own.
Symptoms & Signs
Patients with alien hand syndrome are able to retain the normal sensation of the hand. However control of the hand actions is difficult to maintain even if that particular body part is still attached to the body. Patients often experience difficulty in performing complex hand actions such as removing cloths & manipulation of clothes. Most of the time the individual is unaware of the action of the alien hand until the actions are brought to her/his attention.
Treatment: How to Treat "Alien hand syndrome"?
To date, there is no known cure for alien hand syndrome. However, symptoms can be significantly managed & reduced by keeping the hand occupied in a certain task such as holding a particular object. Some specific learned tasks can also help restore control of the hand to some extent. Patients are usually advised to carry a hand to facilitate in maintaining balance as well as keeping the hand occupied.
This highly interesting medical condition usually occurs in certain cases after a patient has undergone brain surgery, infections & strokes.
Diagnosis involves study of the patient's medical history, CT scans & physical examination.