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76 Unilateral 3rd, 4th, and 6th nerve palsies due to cavernous sinus meningiomaThis is a 50-year-old woman presenting with a partial 3rd nerve palsy (mild pupil involvement), partial 6th nerve palsy, and no clear incyclotorsion with downgaze, suggestive of additional 4th nerve palsy, all on the left. With compressive lesions involving the 3rd nerve, often aberrant
77 Positional downbeat nystagmus mimicking anterior canal BPPVAlthough positional downbeat nystagmus (pDBN) can indicate the rare anterior canal variant of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, central mimics are common causes of pDBN. pDBN may be seen in multiple system atrophy (MSA), or seen with posterior fossa lesions, with a common example being a stroke
78 Oscillopsia and bilateral vestibular loss with gentamicin ototoxicityPatients with bilateral vestibular loss commonly experience oscillopsia with head movements, or an inability to stabilize retinal images with subsequent bouncing or jumping of the environment due to loss of vestibular function. This causes significant blurring of vision and disorientation,
79 Monocular downbeat nystagmus due to a posterior fossa cystThis is a 40-yo-man who experienced months of imbalance and was found to have an epidermoid cyst (immediately posterior to the 4th ventricle), which was resected. Months after surgery, he experienced monocular vertical oscillopsia. On examination, there was subtle downbeat nystagmus (DBN) in the
80 Leukemic leptomeningeal carcinomatosis causing 4th and 6th nerve palsiesThis is a 55-yo-man with CML that recurred as AML. Diagonal diplopia developed, and on examination he was found to have a partial right 6th nerve palsy, in addition to a left hypertropia that increased in right gaze, down gaze, and in left head tilt consistent with a left 4th nerve palsy. There was
81 Chiari malformation causing downbeat nystagmus in lateral gazeThis is a 20-yo-man who presented with oscillopsia in lateral gaze from downbeat nystagmus (DBN). In primary gaze, very subtle DBN was only noted with ophthalmoscopy, but in lateral gaze, prominent DBN was present. Other central ocular motor signs included gaze-evoked nystagmus (GEN) vertically, in
82 Medullary structures relevant to the ocular motor and vestibular consequences of lateral medullary (Wallenberg) syndromeThis is an axial section of the medulla showing the structures that, when damaged, are responsible for the vestibular and ocular motor features of the lateral medullary or Wallenberg syndrome. The nucleus prepositus hypoglossi (NPH) and medial vestibular nucleus (MVN) complex is important for horizo...image/jpeg
83 Divergence insufficiency in cerebellar ataxiaThis is a 65-yo woman with complaints of imbalance (progressive over years) and horizontal diplopia at distance. On her exam, there was a small symptomatic esotropia at distance, but only a small esophoria at near. There were no obvious abduction deficits, and the 6 prism diopter ET at distance
84 Examples of patients with saccadic intrusions (square wave jerks)Seen here are patients with saccadic intrusions that do have an intersaccadic interval. Square wave jerks are commonly seen in degenerative conditions, mainly involving the posterior fossa (e.g., cerebellar degeneration) and basal ganglia (e.g., progressive supranuclear palsy).video/mp4
85 + HIT, + Skew, Unidirectional Nystagmus: Central acute vestibular syndrome due to Wallenberg syndromeThis is a 45-year-old woman who presented to the ED with acute prolonged vertigo and vertical diplopia. She was seen as an outpatient 1 month after her ED visit, and double vision and balance were improving by that time. Her HINTS testing showed the following (seen in the video):; 1); Head Impulse
86 The episodic vestibular syndromeThis is a 55-year-old man with 6 months of episodic vertigo without clear triggers/provocative factors, with each of his 3 previous episodes lasting less than 5 minutes. While in the clinic, he had one of his typical vertigo attacks. There was initially 30 seconds of right-beating-torsional
87 Nystagmus due to paraneoplastic (anti-Yo) brainstem and cerebellar degenerationThis is a 40-yo-woman with anti-Yo antibody associated with ovarian cancer. Initial symptoms 2.5 years prior (to this video) included imbalance and dysarthria. She complained of oscillopsia which was due to her upbeat nystagmus (presumably the result of brainstem involvement), and diplopia (she had
88 Central anatomy of the IIIrd nerveSeen here is an axial section of the midbrain at the level of the superior colliculus. The paired nuclei are located ventral to the periaqueductal grey, and the midline central caudal nucleus (CCN) is located between the right and left nuclei. The CCN sends projections to bilateral levator palpebrae...image/jpeg
89 Mild 6th nerve palsy due to pontine strokeThis is a 70-year-old woman with HTN and diabetes who presented with horizontal diplopia for several weeks, worse in right gaze. There was a very subtle abduction paresis OD with full motility elsewhere. With cover-uncover testing, there was a small esotropia in right gaze (esodeviation seen with
90 Convergence insufficiency and square wave jerks in PSPThis is a 70-yo-woman with progressive supranuclear palsy with complaints of difficulty reading. Her husband noticed that she would frequently close one eye when attempting to read, and words were not clear on the page, and this would in fact improve by covering one eye. On her exam, she had a 1
91 Sagittal section of the brainstem showing structures related to normal eyelid functionSeen here is a sagittal view of the brainstem, with the structures relevant to normal eyelid function highlighted. The M-group, which can be found medial to the riMLF (coordinates eye and lid movements), has (weak) projections to the facial nucleus for frontalis muscle contraction, and (strong) proj...image/jpeg
92 Sagittal section of the midbrain showing structures related to normal eyelid functionDuring a vertical saccade, the rostral interstitial nucleus of the medial longitudinal fasciculus (riMLF) is activated, which excites the superior rectus (SR) and inferior oblique (IO) (IIIrd nerve) subnuclei. Additionally, the riMLF activates the nearby M-group. The M-group's primary excitatory out...image/jpeg
93 Relationship between semicircular canals and extraocular musclesFigure 1: When stimulated, each of the 6 angular acceleration detecting semicircular canals (3 on the right and 3 on the left) responds with a conjugate eye movement, with the vector(s) indicated below. PC=posterior canal; HC=horizontal (also known as lateral) canal; AC=anterior (also known as super...image/jpeg
94 Using video head impulse testing to unmask covert saccades in compensated vestibular neuritis - Figures 1 and 2This is a 30-year-old woman who experienced the acute vestibular syndrome (prolonged vertigo for >24 hours, nausea, unsteadiness, spontaneous nystagmus, head motion intolerance) and was diagnosed with vestibular neuritis. This diagnosis was based on a positive head impulse test to the left (see Figu...image/jpeg
95 Using video head impulse testing to unmask covert saccades in compensated vestibular neuritisThis is a 30-year-old woman who experienced the acute vestibular syndrome (prolonged vertigo for >24 hours, nausea, unsteadiness, spontaneous nystagmus, head motion intolerance) and was diagnosed with vestibular neuritis. This diagnosis was based on a positive head impulse test to the left (see
96 Complete microvascular 6th nerve palsy with slow abducting saccadeThis is a 90-year-man with HTN, HLD, DM who woke up with horizontal diplopia. Two years prior, he was diagnosed with a microvascular right 6th nerve palsy that resolved over several months. There was little concern for giant cell arteritis, myasthenia gravis, or a mass lesion in the absence of
97 Downbeat nystagmusThis is a 40-year-old man with 2 years of progressive ataxia and oscillopsia. On examination, he had downbeat nystagmus (DBN), an ocular motor finding that is usually (but not always) associated with flocculus/paraflocculus dysfunction, which causes overaction of the anterior canal (upward or
98 Opsoclonus provoked by convergenceThis is a 40-yo-man with post-infectious opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome. Opsoclonus was intermittently evident in primary position, but was consistently provoked (and intensified) by convergence. Occasionally, opsoclonus (back-to-back saccades in horizontal, vertical, torsional planes without an
99 Torsional nystagmus due to medullary pilocytic astrocytomaThis is a 30-year-old woman who experienced headaches which led to an MRI and the diagnosis of a right medullary pilocytic astrocytoma, confirmed pathologically. Examination was performed a year after the initial diagnosis, and several months prior to this exam oscillopsia was experienced for the
100 Medial longitudinal fasciculus syndrome with prominent spontaneous nystagmusThis is a 60-year-old man who experienced the abrupt onset of diplopia and imbalance. He had typical features of a left medial longitudinal fasciculus (MLF) syndrome including left internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO) and left hypertropia from skew deviation, but he also had very prominent
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