What Are the Side Effects of a Frontal Lobe Stroke?

Motor issues, speech problems, cognition changes and changes in personality and behavior are all effects of a frontal lobe stroke, according to About.com. Other effects range from weakness to feeling a lack of motivation.

The motor issues that may come following a frontal lobe stroke include paralysis or weakness on the opposite side of the body, compulsive repetition of a movement, urinary incontinence and using primitive reflexes like sucking, explains WebMD. Other motor issues may develop such as mimicking the facial gestures of other people and having an abnormal gait. Speech and language issues typically present as Broca’s Aphasia, the inability to form words. The person knows what he wants to say, but he cannot form those words.

Cognition and intellect may also be affected by a frontal lobe stroke, states WebMD. In this case, A person may feel a lack of initiative, he may have mood changes and be inattentive to his environment. He also might have difficulty solving problems, especially those that are logical, constructive and mathematics based. His behavior and personality also may changes following a frontal lobe stroke. Usually, patients become unmotivated, irritable, careless or socially inappropriate. Patients also may also become apathetic and repeat certain behaviors with persistence.