Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Decorticate Posturing

  • Jacob KeanEmail author
  • Travis Williams
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_232


Flexor posturing


Decorticate posturing is a pattern of movement produced by extensive lesions in white matter, internal capsule, or thalamus and characterized by rigidity; flexion of the arms, fists, and fingers; and extension of the legs. Decorticate (or flexor) posturing may be partial or asymmetric and is distinguished from decerebrate (or extensor) posturing by the flexion in the arms, which positions the hands close to the heart.


References and Readings

  1. Posner, J. B., Saper, C. B., Schiff, N. D., & Plum, F. (2007). Plum and Posner’s diagnosis of stupor and coma. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationIndiana UniversityIndianapolisUSA