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Mahmood J Showail  The control of eye movement has three components  The supranuclear pathway (from the cortex and other control centers in the brain.

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2 Mahmood J Showail

3  The control of eye movement has three components  The supranuclear pathway (from the cortex and other control centers in the brain to the ocular motor nuclei in the brainstem)  The ocular motor nuclei  The infranuclear pathway from the ocular motor nuclei to the peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction, and extraocular muscles


5  Supranuclear structures coordinate the action of extraocular muscles and muscle groups and control two types of eye movements:  conjugate version movements, in which both eyes move in the same direction  vergence movements, in which both eyes move in opposite directions, turning either in (convergence) or out (divergence).

6  What does “Gaze Palsy” mean ??  A gaze palsy is an eye movement abnormality in which the two eyes move together but have limited movement in one direction

7 Gaze palsies are caused by  malfunction of one of the "gaze centers" (cortical and brainstem regions responsible for conjugate gaze) cortical gaze center Supranuclear gaze palsy Brainstem gaze center nuclear gaze palsy  interruption of the pathways leading from them. ( e.g isolated nerve palsy)

8  The patient with supranuclear palsy is unable to move both eyes past the midline in one direction, and the eyes usually are held fixed and turned toward the opposite side by the opposing extraocular muscles.  It involves gaze centers for the control of  Horizontal movments  Vertical movments

9  The patient with horizontal gaze palsy typically is unable to move either eye beyond the midline in one direction.  The eyes are deviated constantly to the opposite side, and the patient must turn his or her head toward the side with the gaze palsy to fixate an object that is directly in front of him or her

10  The signal for horizontal gaze originates in the contralateral frontal lobe for fast eye movements (saccades) and in the ipsilateral parieto-occipito- temporal region for smooth pursuit  For Horizontal gaze, impulses passes through the pontine paramedian reticular formation (PPRF), adjacent to 6 th nerve nuclues.  The (PPRT) activates the ipsilateral 6 th nerve nucleus and therby innervates the lateral rectus.  The 6 th nerve nucleus also communicate with the contralateral medial rectus (occulomotor) subnucleus via the medial longitudinal fasiculus (MLF).

11 Schematic representation of control of horozontal eye movment; PPRF;pontine paramedial reticular formation, MLF;medial longitudinal fasiculus VN: vestibular nucleus

12 (Horizontal gaze palsy usually is caused by contralateral frontal or ipsilateral pontine lesion ).  A horizontal gaze palsy to the ipsilateral side occurs in pontine lesions affecting the abducens nucleus and/or the PPRF.  Lesions of the MLF result in internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO)  Lesions of the MLF plus the ipsilateral abducens nucleus and/or PPRF result in the one-and-a-half syndrome.

13  Frontal lobe lesions Defect in generating voluntary saccades Transient ipsilateral horizontal gaze deviation acutely Gaze palsy overcome with the oculocephalic (doll's eye) maneuver or caloric stimulation  Epileptogenic lesions in the frontal eye fields Transient deviation of the eyes and head to the contralateral side H ead and eye movements toward the same side during a seizure  Unilateral parietal lesions Unilateral or bilateral increased saccade latencies Hypometria (shortened range) for contralateral saccades Saccadic slowing  Bilateral parietal lesions Acquired ocular motor apraxia (inability to generate voluntary movements)  Lesions in the corona radiata adjacent to the genu of the internal capsule Contralateral selective saccadic palsy  Hemorrhages deep in a cerebral hemisphere, particularly the thalamus Eye deviation to the side of the hemiparesis ("wrong way eyes")  Mesencephalic lesions Paresis of contralateral saccades Supranuclear contralateral gaze palsies associated with ipsilateral oculomotor palsies  Pontine lesions affecting the abducens nucleus and/or the PPRF Ipsilateral conjugate gaze palsy Doll's eye maneuver or cold caloric stimulation usually does not overcome gaze palsy Bilateral horizontal gaze palsies with bilateral lesions

14  Patient with Lt gaze palsy and Lt 7 th n palsy due to acute pontine heamorrhage  he was able to minimally abduct the Rt eye but otherwise was unable to look to the left because of involvment of abducent nucleus on the left side.

15  In patients with pontine lesions involving the PPRF or sixth nerve nucleus, the eyes may be deviated away from the side of the lesion. Thus, patients who are unable to move either eye beyond the midline to the left may have a left pontine lesion, and the eyes are deviated to the right.  The patient may have partial horizontal gaze movement if the damage to the pontine structures is only partial

16  pontine lesions usually can be differentiated from supranuclear lesions in the frontal lobe by the oculocephalic or doll's eyes maneuver.  Passive horizontal rotation of the head directly stimulates the sixth nerve nucleus via the vestibulo-ocular reflex and will overcome gaze palsies induced by frontal lobe lesions but will not overcome gaze palsies caused by pontine nuclear and infranuclear lesions

17  Horizontal gaze palsies are caused by ischemia and infarction, hemorrhage, vascular malformations, tumors, demyelination, trauma, or infections  MRI should be performed with attention given to the dorsal pons.  EEG should be performed if sezuire disorder is suspected

18  INO (medial longitudinal fasciculus syndrome) is caused by MLF lesions (demylination, vascular disease, trauma or brainstem tumors )  Such lesions permit the horizontal gaze center to communicate with the sixth nerve nucleus but not the contralateral third nerve nucleus.

19  The features of right INO include:  Adduction deficit of Rt eye on attempted Lt gaze  Horozontal jerk nystagmus of abducting Lt eye  Normal Rt gaze  Upbeat & tortional nystagmus “may be present”  Convergence preserved

20  Bilatral INO is usually due to demylination, with upbeat nystagmus on upgaze and down beat nystagmus on down gaze a constant feature. Bilateral INO a.Right gaze b.Left gaze

21  MRI may help in the diagnosis of INO.  It may show abnormal high-signal intensity in the mid pons corresponding to the right medial longitudinal fasciculus.

22  Myasthenia gravis and a partial third nerve palsy involving the medial rectus muscle both can be mistaken for INO.  Patients with ptosis, variability, or fatigue should be evaluated for myasthenia gravis  Ptosis, pupil involvement, involvement of other extraocular muscles, and absence of nystagmus in the abducting eye should suggest the diagnosis of third nerve palsy

23  Patients with the one-and-a-half syndrome have horizontal gaze palsy when looking to one side (the "one") and impaired adduction (INO) when looking to the other (the "and-a- half")  It is caused by pontine paramedian reticular formation (PPRF) lesion extending to the medial longitudinal fasiculus (MLF).

24  Features of right sided one-and-a-half syndrome include:  Gaze palsy on attempted Rt gaze  Adduction deficit on attempted Lt gaze  Abduction of the Lt eye is the only normal horizontal movment  Stroke and multiple sclerosis are the main causes of this rare syndrome, but it can be caused by any structural lesion in the dorsal pons.

25  Vertical eye movment are generated in the rostral interstitial nucleus of the medial longitudinal fasiculus(MLF) which consist of paired nuclei  With lateral portion of each initiating upgaze  The medial portion initiating downgaze

26  Vrtical gaze palsy include the follwing:  Parinaud syndrome  Progressive supranuclear palsy  Skew deviation  Paralysis of upward vertical gaze is the most common vertical gaze palsy, followed by paralysis of both upward and downward gaze, and finally paralysis of downward gaze alone

27  This syndrome occures in dorsal midbrain lesion that involve rostral interstitial nucleus of the MLF & the 3ed nuclear complex.  Causes :  Demylination  Vascular disease  Aqueduct stenosis (hydrocephalus)  Arteriovenous malformation  tumors

28  Features:  Upgaze disturbance  Convergence-retraction nystagmus  Light-near dissociation  Lid retraction  Convergence paralysis

29  This is a progressive neurodegenerative condition which affects the elderly.  It initially impairs downgaze, subsequently upgaze become affected, followed by loss of horozontal, then saccadic and pursuit eye movements.  Patients may also develop pseudobulbar palsy, parkinsonism and dementia.

30  These are usually small vertical tropias that can occur following brainstem or cerebellar lesion.  The vertical deviation is usually concomitent and ipsilateral to the side of the lesion.  They are usually assocaiated with other features that allow localization as  Unilateral INO “in pontine lesion”  Horner syndrome “”in medullary lesion”

31  BCSC, American Academy of Ophthalmology 2004-2005  Training in Ophthalmology- the essential clinical curriculum,2009  Up to Date, Database 


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