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October 1976

Brain Stem Auditory-Evoked Responses in Suspected Central Pontine Myelinolysis

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.