Ocular Dipping

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Identifier 004-1
Title Ocular Dipping
Ocular Movements Ocular Dipping; Bilateral Horizontal Gaze Palsy; Full Vertical Gaze
Creator Shirley H. Wray, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, Professor of Neurology Harvard Medical School, Director, Unit for Neurovisual Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital
Contributor Primary Shirley H. Wray, MD, PhD, FRCP, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Director, Unit for Neurovisual Disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital
Subject Ocular Dipping; Bilateral Horizontal Gaze Palsy; Full Vertical Gaze; Locked In Syndrome; Embolic Basilar Artery Occlusion; Bilateral Pontine Infarction; Pontine Infarct; Comatose Patient
Presenting Symptom Sudden collapse
History The patient is a 32 year old woman with juvenile diabetes mellitus. She collapsed at home and was rushed to the emergency room where a diagnosis of a locked-in syndrome was made. The term Locked-in Syndrome (LiS) was coined in 1966 by Plum and Posner for a condition with the following criteria: 1. Paralysis of all cranial nerves except vertical eye movements 2. Tetraplegia 3. Preserved consciousness LiS is classically due to bilateral pontine infarction, related to basilar thrombosis, bilateral occlusion of paramedian arteries and vertebral artery dissection. Some patients have ocular bobbing. This patient had ocular dipping.
Clinical This was the first case of a unique spontaneous vertical eye movement disorder called ocular dipping that I have seen. The patient was filmed in the Intensive Care Unit soon after admission. She was locked-in but conscious. The eye movements show: • Slow conjugate downward eye movement followed by a more rapid return to midposition • Preservation of vertical gaze • Bilateral horizontal gaze palsy • Intact oculocephalic reflexes both horizontally and vertically. In this patient ocular dipping was intermittent and for several minutes her eyes remained still in midposition and then ocular dipping starts again. At one stage the patient appeared to go to sleep and her eyes moved up under semiclosed lids and adopted a V-pattern exodeviation, a common position of the eyes in coma or in sleep. The presence of ocular dipping should prompt a complete evaluation of the metabolic status of the patient because dipping is seen in metabolic encephalopathy. The patient died soon after the film was made. There are four forms of abnormal spontaneous vertical eye movements: 1. Ocular Bobbing 2. Reverse Ocular Bobbing 3. Ocular Dipping 4. Reverse Ocular Dipping Ocular bobbing is a unique vertical eye movement disorder consisting of intermittent, often conjugate, fast downward movement of the eyes followed, after a brief tonic interval, by a slower return to primary position. Attention was first directed to ocular bobbing by Fisher in 1959, and its clinical prevalence first defined by Susac, Hoyt, Daroff et al in 1970. They stressed the diversity of diseases associated with it and the differing clinical settings in which it may be encountered. They also described: 1. A monocular form of ocular bobbing which coexists with a contralateral oculomotor nerve palsy (as in this case). 2. Typical conjugate bobbing associated with paralysis of both reflex and spontaneous horizontal eye movements 3. Typical cases in which the bobbing was neither associated with coexisting paralysis of horizontal gaze nor explainable by concommittant cranial nerve palsies. Fisher recognized ocular bobbing as a sign of extensive pontine destruction particularly intrinsic pontine hemorrhage or infarction. In these patients the prognosis is poor. Fisher suggested that ocular bobbing may reflect the residual eye movements of patients who have severe limitation of horizontal and vertical eye movements.(8) Cold water calorics in these patients may show: 1. An increase in the amplitude and frequency of ocular bobbing 2. Have no demonstrable effect on ocular bobbing 3. Induce conjugate horizontal eye movements 4. Have no demonstrable effect on horizontal eye movements. The presence of normal pupillary reflexes and respiratory function in ocular bobbing suggest that major midbrain and medullary centers are intact. The Spectrum of Clinical Settings in ocular bobbing includes: Metabolic encephalopathies Obstructive hydrocephalus Vertebrobasilar insufficiency Central pontine myelinolysis Pontine glioma Cerebellar hemorrhage with brainstem compression Multiple sclerosis Bromism Trauma Ocular bobbing is also reported to occur in: Leigh's necrotizing encephalomyelopathy Alpha coma Opsoclonus/myoclonus and Convergence spasm Katz, Hoyt and Townsend reported a case of ocular bobbing that developed after the patient had a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Pathological examination of the brain documented a unilateral pontine hematoma. The term Atypical Ocular Bobbing is used when bobbing is associated with: • Spontaneous and reflex horizontal eye movements • Convergence movements - "V" bobbing • Phasic pupillary constriction • Induced by cold calorics or • In concert with a locked-in state where the vertical excursion down is greater than in the typical bobbing case. Reverse Ocular Bobbing, described by Daroff, is a rapid, conjugate jerking of the eyes upward from midposition followed by a slow return. Reverse ocular bobbing has been found to be a non-localizing sign in coma and is seen in patients deeply comatose from metabolic encephalopathy. Knobler et al described a case of inverse bobbing, in which a slow downward movement of the eyes is followed by delayed, then quick return to midposition. The term Ocular Dipping has replaced the term Inverse Bobbing. Ocular dipping is seen following anoxic coma or after prolonged status epilepticus. The generalized electroencephalographic slowing seen with these disorders suggests that cortical depression may be a necessary concomitant. In anoxic encephalopathy with ocular dipping 1. Roving conjugate or dysconjugate horizontal eye movements may be prominent 2. Normal spontaneous elicited reflex upgaze is present. 3. No pontine dysfunction is evident 4. Normal recovery is possible. The suggestion that ocular dipping maybe caused primarily by diffuse dysfunction rather than a single structural locus is supported by the absence of brainstem abnormalities in two necropsy cases and by the tendency of the eye findings to abate as patients regain consciousness. A fourth form of abnormal spontaneous vertical eye movements, termed Reverse Ocular Dipping, is also reported. Reverse ocular dipping consists of a slow upward deviation of the eyes, a brief tonic phase and then a rapid return to primary gaze. Mehler reported a unique case of a patient who was: 1. Awake and partly responsive, in contrast to all reported cases of ocular dipping and most cases with ocular bobbing which were associated with coma. 2. Had an absence of roving eye movements which were present in all reported examples of ocular dipping 3. The patient had intact oculocephalic and caloric responses, which are absent in typical ocular bobbing. The fact that reverse ocular dipping is associated with advanced metabolic or viral encephalopathy and the absence of clinical or neuroimaging signs of brainstem involvement also implicates diffuse dysfunction as a causative mechanism in this condition. However, the different clinical settings in which these two forms of ocular dipping occur suggest that they may be nosologically distinct.
Neuroimaging No neuroimaging studies are available in this patient
Disease/Diagnosis Pontine Infarct
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Reviewer David S. Zee, M.D., Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2009
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