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February 1945

DIVERGENCE PARALYSIS AND HEAD TRAUMA

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;53(2):135-137. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300020047005
Abstract

We have been able to find the report of only 5 cases of divergence paralysis as a complication of head injury. Bielschowsky1 recorded the case of a youth aged 17 who sustained a cerebral concussion six weeks before ophthalmologic examination. He began to see double at a distance a few days after the accident. Four weeks after he was first seen there was no alteration in his condition. Weed1b reported 4 cases, in 1 of which the paralysis persisted three years. In a series of 1,550 cases of head injury encountered in private practice, we found 6 cases of divergence paralysis. In view of the paucity of such reports, a brief summary of these cases may be of clinical value.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.  —A girl aged 11 years complained of headache, double vision and difficulty in reading which had followed an accident two years before. She

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