Dyskinetic strabismus as a sign of cerebral palsy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We found dyskinetic strabismus in 66 patients with cerebral palsy. The most striking feature of dyskinetic strabismus is the fluctuation from esotropia to exotropia under the same accommodative conditions with a slow tonic deviation similar to a vergence movement. With increasing age, exodeviation becomes more prevalent. Dyskinetic strabismus is seen exclusively in cerebral palsy patients. Many of these patients have an athetoid component to their disorder. The association of dyskinetic strabismus with athetosis and upward gaze palsy suggests that the basal ganglia may be the site of the malfunction. The strabismus responds poorly to surgery and the associated athetosis is important in the diagnosis and treatment of cerebral palsy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Buckley, E; Seaber, JH

Published Date

  • May 1, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 91 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 652 - 657

PubMed ID

  • 7234949

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9394

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0002-9394(81)90069-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States