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51 Peripheral (vestibular) and central (gaze-evoked) patterns of nystagmus in a single patientA 55-year-old man experienced episodic vertigo and was diagnosed with Meniere's disease affecting the left ear (based on audiograms and his clinical course) about 1 year prior to presentation. About 6 months prior to presentation, intratympanic (IT) gentamicin was injected into the left ear, at whic...
52 Ocular motor signs in early progressive supranuclear palsyThis is a 64-year old man who experienced imbalance and falls (usually backwards) for the last 6 months. He experienced difficulty navigating stairs and had become a messy eater (thought to be in large part due to his vertical gaze palsy), and had developed hypophonia. Exam demonstrated square wave ...
53 A Comparison of Nystagmus and Saccadic Intrusions/OscillationsNystagmus can be classified into pendular and jerk waveforms, where both are generated by a slow, pathologic phase. Corrective phase (the position reset mechanism) differs. In pendular nystagmus, the eyes move back and forth with about the same velocity and amplitude, similar to that of a pendulum...
54 Measuring Divergence AmplitudeDivergence insufficiency should be suspected in patients with binocular horizontal diplopia at distance (but not near) who lack abduction deficits. There should be an esodeviation greater at distance, and in older patients with levator dehiscence (or previous ptosis surgery) and prominent superior s...
55 Central Acute Vestibular Syndrome due to posterior fossa hemorrhageThis is a patient presenting with the acute vestibular syndrome (AVS, e.g., acute prolonged vertigo, spontaneous nystagmus) whose HINTS (Head Impulse, Nystagmus, Test of Skew) testing indicated a central etiology based on negative (normal) head impulse testing (HIT). Nystagmus was unidirectional and...
56 Duane's syndrome type 3This is a 40-yo-woman seen in neurology clinic for a complaint unrelated to her eyes. On exam, there was impaired adduction and abduction OS. In adduction, there was narrowing of the palpebral fissure OS, a result of her globe retraction due to co-contraction of the medial and lateral rectus muscles...Image/MovingImage
57 ConvergenceCan bring out or change the direction of vertical nystagmus in Wernicke's, or cerebellar disease; may be impaired in Parkinson's disease, head trauma, elderly patients; may overcome an adduction deficit with an INO. Instructional ocular motor examination procedures.Image/MovingImage
58 Optokinetic nystagmusDuring the bedside evaluation of optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), the patient is instructed to look at each red (or white) square as it moves past. Because this is not a full-field visual stimuli, using an optokinetic flag mainly allows the examiner to quickly evaluate for right/left and up/down symmet...
59 Assessing for hyperventilation-induced nystagmusHyperventilation induced nystagmus is tested by asking the patient to take quick deep breaths (~1/s) for 40-60 seconds. This increases ICP and CSF pH. This can be helpful in diagnosing irritative conditions of the vestibular nerve, including an acoustic neuroma (see video, https://collections.lib....
60 Evaluation of ConvergenceThe assessment of convergence includes measuring alignment at near versus distance (see video, https://collections.lib.utah.edu/details?id=187677), near point of convergence and convergence amplitude. Near point of convergence is assessed by bringing a fixation target toward the bridge of the patie...
61 Evaluation of auditory function using Rinne and Weber testsThe Rinne test is an assessment of auditory thresholds to air and bone conduction of sound. The Weber test is a comparison of bone conducted sound of either ear. Conductive hearing loss results in a loss of air conducted greater than bone conducted sound, whereas sensorineural hearing loss results...
62 The apogeotropic variant of horizontal canal BPPVThis is a patient with the apogeotropic (nystagmus beating towards the sky) variant of right horizontal canal (HC) benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). In a patient with geotropic (nystagmus beating towards the ground) HC BPPV, by rapidly moving from a sitting to a supine position with the h...
63 Ocular AlignmentThese tests allow for detection of eso-, exo- or hyperdeviations (phorias (one eye viewing) or tropias (both eyes viewing) that can be seen with ocular motor palsy, skew deviation, or with cerebellar disease (commonly esodeviation greater at distance) Instructional ocular motor examination procedure...Image/MovingImage
64 SaccadesThe examiner should note: conjugacy (a lag of the adducting eye may be seen with an INO); accuracy (posterior fossa lesions commonly produce dysmetria (overshooting or undershooting); velocity (if slow, may suggest a lesion of the burst neurons in the pons [PPRF - horizontally] or midbrain [riMLF - ...Image/MovingImage
65 Smooth PursuitA pursuit deficit in one direction suggests an ipsilesional localization, but beware of a superimposed spontaneous nystagmus; a pursuit deficit in all directions is commonly seen with cerebellar lesionsImage/MovingImage
66 VOR (Slow and Fast)Slow vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR): Since smooth pursuit and VOR systems are both active, if eye movements are choppy with this maneuver this implies deficits in both pursuit and the vestibular system as in CANVAS; Fast (HIT): Since smooth pursuit fails at high frequencies and high speeds, the VOR i...Image/MovingImage
67 Skew deviation and spontaneous nystagmus due to posterior fossa lesionsThis is a 50-year-old woman who reported the abrupt onset of imbalance, right upper extremity incoordination and binocular vertical diplopia several months prior to her presentation to our clinic. On examination, she had a left hypertropia that was fairly comitant (measuring 5 prism diopters) assoc...
68 Slow volitional saccades and poor fast phases to an optokinetic stimulus, with preserved head impulse testingThis is a 67-year-old woman presenting with imbalance and binocular horizontal diplopia at near. On examination there were frequent square wave jerks, limited supraduction OU and convergence insufficiency, which explained her diplopia. Pursuit and suppression of the vestibulo-ocular reflex were sa...
69 Vestibular neuritis with + head impulse test and unidirectional nystagmus-Figure 1Vestibular neuritis is the most common cause of the acute vestibular syndrome, which is characterized by continuous vertigo and spontaneous nystagmus lasting days. It may be mimicked by central causes, including stroke, but in the hands of subspecialists, the HINTS+ (Head Impulse, Nystagmus, Test of...
70 Vestibular neuritis with + head impulse test and unidirectional nystagmusVestibular neuritis is the most common cause of the acute vestibular syndrome, which is characterized by continuous vertigo and spontaneous nystagmus lasting days. It may be mimicked by central causes, including stroke, but in the hands of subspecialists, the HINTS+ (Head Impulse, Nystagmus, Test o...
71 Oculopalatal tremor and internuclear ophthalmoplegia due to hemorrhagic pontine cavernomaThis is a 60-year-old woman who experienced 2 episodes of vertigo, nausea and vomiting, which was felt to be related to recurrent hemorrhage of a pontine cavernoma that was adjacent to the fourth ventricle. The cavernoma was resected, and diplopia and left facial palsy were noted after the surgery. ...
72 Pendular, gaze-evoked and abducting nystagmus in MSThis is a 40-year-old woman with a history of multiple sclerosis who presented for oscillopsia. On examination, she had bilateral internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO-adduction lag OU and abducting nystagmus OU), with a corresponding exotropia that increased in right and left gaze. She also had horiz...
73 Slow saccades due to unilateral paramedian pontine reticular formation (PPRF) injury with preserved movements using the vestibulo-ocular reflexThis is a 60-year-old man who presented for imbalance and oscillopsia 10 months after surgery and 8 months after radiation for Merkel cell carcinoma of the neck. He developed imbalance after surgery and diplopia and oscillopsia 6 months prior to our evaluation. MRI showed enhancement of both 6th n...
74 Oculopalatal tremor and one-and-a-half syndrome due to pontine hemorrhageThis is a 65-year-old man who was put on a blood thinner, and shortly thereafter experienced a midline pontine hemorrhage, which was more dense on the left side. Immediately afterwards, right hemiparesis and hemi-anesthesia, left lower motor neuron (LMN) facial palsy and ophthalmoparesis were noted....
75 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 su...
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