gaze paretic nystagmus

gaze paretic nystagmus
a type of gaze nystagmus seen in patients recovering from central nervous system lesions: If the eyes fail to stay fixed to one side only, that is the affected side of a cerebral or pontine lesion; if the defect is in vertical gaze, it usually signifies a lesion in the pretectal area.

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  • Nystagmus — Rapid rhythmic repetitious involuntary (unwilled) eye movements. Nystagmus can be horizontal, vertical or rotary. * * * Involuntary rhythmic oscillation of the eyeballs, either pendular or with a slow and fast component. [G. nystagmos, a nodding …   Medical dictionary

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