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Kernohan-Woltman syndrome

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False localising ipsilateral hemiparesis in which the free edge of the tentorium compresses the contralateral crus cerebri in the midbrain. Due to a tumour causing herniation of the temporal lobe through the tentorial incisura.

We thank Andre Trombeta for information submitted.


  • J. W. Kernohan, H. W. Woltman:
    Incisura of the crus due to contralateral brain tumor.
    Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, Chicago, 1929, 21: 274–287.

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