A sham stimulation-controlled trial of rTMS of the unaffected hemisphere in stroke patients


Phase N/A Results


Patients showed a significant decrease in simple and choice reaction time, sRT (p = 0.043) and cRT (p = 0.045) and improved performance of the Purdue Pegboard test with their affected hand after rTMS of the motor cortex in the intact hemisphere (6.2 +/- 2.9; p = 0.006) as compared with sham rTMS condition (4.2 +/- 2.4; p = 0.002). For the finger tapping test, there was no main effect of the rTMS condition on the finger-tapping test (p = 0.76) and while performance tended to be better after real motor rTMS when compared with sham stimulation, this effect was small (<5%) and variable.