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1 Oculopalatal tremor with prominent nystagmus, bilateral horizontal gaze palsy, and bilateral facial palsiesThis is a 50-year-old woman who experienced the acute onset of right sixth and seventh nerve palsies and left hemiparesis. Two cavernomas within the right pons (one in the region of the facial colliculus) were demonstrated by MRI. Five years after her initial presentation she developed recurrent r...
2 Testing for adduction lag in partial INO using an optokinetic stimulusIn this patient we demonstrate the use of an optokinetic stimulus to elicit an internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO). Occasionally adduction appears to be normal with an INO, and an adduction lag with horizontal saccades should be sought as a confirmatory sign. Optokinetic tape is an easy way to assess...
3 Superior Canal DehiscenceThis is a 60-yo-man who complained of autophony (eg, hearing his own heartbeat, noting that his own voice sounded too loud) and dizziness triggered with loud noises and straining at times. With pinched-nose Valsalva maneuver, there was downbeat-torsional (towards the right ear) nystagmus, suggestive...Image/MovingImage
4 Test Your Knowledge - OscillopsiaThis 65-year-old man with multiple sclerosis described that objects in front of him appear to spontaneously jump or move horizontally for the last few months. He reported that his symptoms occur independent of head movements and head impulse testing was normal. After viewing the video, what is the m...
5 Test Your Knowledge - Monocular OscillopsiaWhich of the following associated signs is most likely to be seen in this patient presenting with oscillopsia? A. Optic nerve pallor B. Palatal tremor C. Severe unilateral cataract D. Head bobbing E. Neurovascular contact on MR CISS/FIESTA imaging A. Correct. This patient has MS and had experienced ...
6 Test Your Knowledge - Central and peripheral vestibular and ocular motor signs due to a large vestibular schwannomaWhich of the following is least likely to be the correct localization or etiology given the findings seen in the video? 1) Acute right 8th cranial neuropathy 2) Right-sided vestibular schwannoma 3) Right vestibular nucleus infarction 4) Right anterior inferior cerebellar artery distribution stroke A...
7 Test Your Knowledge - Optokinetic nystagmus with a parietal lesionGiven the finding seen in the first part of the video, which of the following associated features are most likely? (more than one answer may be correct) A. Left homonymous visual field defect B. Right homonymous visual field defect C. Visual neglect and/or extinction D. Alexia without agraphia E. Le...
8 Cerebellar Ataxia, Neuropathy, & Vestibular Areflexia Syndrome (CANVAS): Impaired visually-enhanced VOR and abnormal head impulse testingA 67 year old woman presented with 1 year of progressive numbness, gait instability, and oscillopsia when walking or with head movements. Examination showed excessive square-wave jerks, bilateral horizontal gaze-evoked nystagmus, impairment of the visually-enhanced vestibular ocular reflex (vVOR - s...
9 Test Your Knowledge - Vertical saccadic palsy due to bilateral riMLF infarctionsThis is a 30-year-old who was found minimally responsive on the lounge floor of an ice skating rink. He was brought to the ED, where he had a GCS score of 8 (where 15 is normal) for poor responsiveness. His ocular motor exam is shown in the video. Regarding Finding #1, which of the following is fals...
10 Test Your Knowledge - Vertical-torsional nystagmusQuestion #1: Watch the first portion of the video until you are told to stop. Is this vestibular nystagmus more likely to be peripheral or central? A. Peripheral B. Central Answer for #1: A. Incorrect. While the patient has upbeat-torsional (top poles beating toward the right ear) nystagmus which is...
11 Test your knowledge - Bilateral 4th nerve palsiesWatch the video until instructed to stop. Which of the following features is likely to be present given her exam findings? A. Gaze-evoked nystagmus and impaired smooth pursuit B. History of traumatic brain injury C. History of blepharoplasty or brow lift surgery and prominence of superior sulcus on ...
12 Test your knowledge - Parinaud's syndrome in neurosarcoidosisWatch the first segment of the video up to "Stop! What would you expect with vertical gaze?" and select the best response below. The patient also has mild right-beating nystagmus which can be ignored for the purposes of this question. A. The patient has pupillary findings consistent with bilateral 3...
13 Test your knowledge: The acute vestibular syndrome with gaze-evoked nystagmus and bilaterally abnormal head impulse testing due to middle cerebellar peduncle and flocculus hemorrhageThis is a 70-year-old woman with a history of atrial fibrillation on warfarin presenting with acute prolonged vertigo and imbalance. In addition to the findings demonstrated in the first part of the video, what else should be seen to reassure the examiner that the etiology of her vertigo is benign? ...
14 Unidirectional nystagmus in lateral medullary syndromeThis is a 70-yo-man who presented with acute vertigo. Examination demonstrated very mild spontaneous torsional nystagmus (towards the right ear) in primary (not seen well in this video), with robust downbeat-torsional (towards right ear) nystagmus in right gaze and (less robust) almost pure torsiona...Image/MovingImage
15 Mesodiencephalic stroke causing unilateral riMLF and INC ocular motor syndromesThis is a 65-year-old man who experienced the sudden onset of diplopia (with horizontal and vertical components), dysarthria and imbalance. An MRI performed the following day showed a left mesodiencephalic stroke. The patient was seen in clinic 10 days later (when the video was taken), and by that t...
16 Paroxysmal Ocular Tilt ReactionThis is a 60-year-old woman who 2 years prior experienced a left sided hypertensive hemorrhagic stroke, resulting in right hemiparesis, dysarthria and vertical diplopia. The initial vertical diplopia resolved completely and about 6 months following the hemorrhage the patient began to experience many...
17 Vestibular neuritis with a peripheral skew deviationThis is a 55-year-old hypertensive man who developed acute onset continuous vertigo and presented to the Emergency Department (ED) after several hours of symptoms. He was noted to have spontaneous nystagmus and had a normal brain MRI within the first 24 hours. The first portion of the video was rec...
18 Vibration-induced nystagmus in a patient with vestibular neuritisThis is a 60-year-old man who experienced the sudden onset of vertigo, oscillopsia, imbalance, nausea and vomiting. He was seen in the emergency department within hours and had spontaneous right-beating (RBN) and torsional (top poles toward right ear) nystagmus that was unidirectional in all directi...
19 Abnormal Head Impulse Test in Vestibular Neuritis 1 Week After OnsetThis is a 25-year-old woman who experienced the acute vestibular syndrome due to right-sided vestibular neuritis 1 week prior to this video. Left-beating nystagmus (LBN) was only noted in left gaze, but with fixation-removed, there was clear LBN in primary position that increased with head-shaking a...
20 Square wave jerks and macrosaccadic oscillations in a patient with a cerebellar tumorThis is a 40-year-old man who developed severe headaches, confusion, and gait imbalance which led to neuroimaging which demonstrated a midline cerebellar mass with compression of the fourth ventricle and obstructive hydrocephalus. He underwent a suboccipital craniectomy for resection of the mass, an...
21 Reversal of vertical nystagmus with convergence in anti-DPPX encephalitisThis is a man who initially presented with spontaneous upbeat and torsional nystagmus, which led to the diagnosis of anti-DPPX encephalitis (for further details on this patient's course and for a video of his nystagmus, see reference 1). Over 6-12 months, his spontaneous (mainly) upbeat nystagmus (U...
22 Hyperventilation-induced downbeat nystagmus in a cerebellar disorderThis is a 45-year-old woman with a chronic progressive cerebellopathy of unclear etiology (worsening over at least 10 years) characterized by gait and limb ataxia, gaze-evoked nystagmus, saccadic pursuit and vestibulo-ocular reflex suppression, an esotropia greater at distance, along with very mild ...
23 Head-Shaking-Induced Nystagmus Following Ramsay Hunt VestibulopathyThis is a 50-year-old man who experienced the abrupt onset of imbalance, dizziness and left-sided hearing loss 4 months prior to this examination. He was found to have herpetic vesicles in the left external auditory canal and diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome. On exam (4 months after the onset), t...
24 Downbeat (perverted) head shaking nystagmus in a patient with spontaneous torsional nystagmusThis is a 75-year-old woman with vascular risk factors who experienced abrupt onset imbalance and dizziness. Symptoms were maximal at onset, and she denied progression over 6 months. Clinically, it was felt that she had suffered a stroke, although an MRI one months later demonstrated an unremarkable...
25 "Pseudonystagmus" due to bilateral vestibular loss and head tremorThis is a 65-yo-woman with complaints of imbalance, dizziness, and horizontal oscillopsia. On exam, she had a high frequency, low amplitude (mainly horizontal) head tremor, and with ophthalmoscopy, the optic nerve was clearly oscillating back and forth at the same frequency as her head tremor, which...
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