Eye movements in myotonic dystrophy

E. Bollen*, J. C. Den Heyer, M. H.J. Tolsma, S. Bellar, J. E. Bos, A. R. Wintzn

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Smooth pursuit eye movements were studied with infrared reflection equipment in 10 patients with myotonic dystrophy and in 10 age- and sex-matched controls. Smooth pursuit gain, measured after correction for catch-up saccades, was decreased in the patient group Normal latencies of saccadic eye movements made a lack of attention an unlikely explanation for this low gain Likewise, presence of catch-up saccades and normal fixation made it unlikely that extra-ocular myopathy explained the low smooth pursuit gain We suggest that periventricular white matter abnormalities represent a more likely explanation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-450
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1992


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