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Familial periodic ataxia/vertigo (episodic ataxia)

  • Thomas Brandt


In 1946 Parker first described a syndrome of periodic ataxia in 11 patients: in four patients the ataxia was familial and in the remaining seven, a manifestation of multiple sclerosis. This was before it had been recognised that periodic attacks of dysarthria and ataxia (see Chapters 2 and 15; p. 242) are characteristic paroxysms caused by demyelinated pathways within pontine and brachium conjunctivum structures in multiple sclerosis (Andermann et al. 1959; Harrison and McGill 1969; Osterman and Westerberg 1975).


Smooth Pursuit Periodic Paralysis Familial Hemiplegic Migraine Episodic Ataxia Episodic Ataxia Type 
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  • Thomas Brandt
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  1. 1.Neurologische Klinik, Klinikum GroßhadernLudwig-Maximillians-UniversitätMunichGermany

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