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September 1956

Unilateral Internuclear Ophthalmoplegia of Vascular OriginA Report of Four Cases

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Department of Ophthalmology, Division of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1956;56(3):327-337. doi:10.1001/archopht.1956.00930040335002
Abstract

Internuclear ophthalmoplegia is an entity arising from lesions of the medial longitudinal fasciculus. The term was first introduced in 1922 by Lhermitte,* and shortly thereafter the condition was divided by Lutz † into the anterior and posterior types. It has been described as a characteristic clinical picture, manifested primarily by paresis of the medial rectus muscle on attempted lateral gaze, other signs of a paralysis of the third cranial nerve being absent. Associated findings of nystagmus, skew deviation, vertigo, nausea, and vomiting have been described.3

The medial longitudinal fasciculus is the important reflex pathway connecting the vestibular nuclei to the motor nuclei of the extraocular muscles and of the head and neck. Phylogenetically, it is one of the first tracts of the brain to appear, being present in the Cyclostomata and observed to be an important reflex pathway in fishes.4 In mammalian embryos it is among the first

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