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October 1976

Brain Stem Auditory-Evoked Responses in Suspected Central Pontine Myelinolysis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurosciences, University of California (San Diego) School of Medicine, La Jolla. Dr Stockard is now with the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Neurol. 1976;33(10):726-728. doi:10.1001/archneur.1976.00500100060018

• Central pontine myelinolysis was suspected in two chronic alcoholics who developed and recovered from a progressive spastic paresis of all muscles, that derived innervation at and below the level of the pons. In both cases, short-latency auditory-evoked responses aided in the diagnosis by indicating a slowing of conduction in the pontine auditory pathway, which varied in degree with the severity of the clinical manifestations of pontine demyelination.

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