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December 1963


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290 Millwood Rd Chappaqua, NY

Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;70(6):876. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960050878024

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The Correspondence Section welcomes inquiries and comments of a general or specific nature. The Editors may try to answer some of the questions, but more valuable will be the answers volunteered by others who have had especial experience related to the questions posed.

To the Editor:  —I made the following observation some weeks ago in the Emergency Room at Jacobi Hospital and would appreciate enlightenment from any of your readers.A 17-year-old girl, para 1, came in for help after taking six tablets of prochlorperazine (Compazine). We were unable to find out whether these were 10 mg or 30 mg Spansules. She demonstrated torticollis and spasm of upward gaze. Initially she responded to diphenhydramine (Benadryl) intravenously, but the symptoms soon recurred. It was suggested that she was hysterical.I tested her with the opticokinetic tape, and found that she had an excellent opticokinetic nystagmus both horizontally and vertically. The rapid

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