Palsy of "fast" and "slow" vergence by pontine lesions

Holger Rambold*, Thurid Sander, Gunnar Neumann, Christoph Helmchen

*Corresponding author for this work
16 Citations (Scopus)


The role of pontine nuclei in vergence eye movements to "step" targets ("fast" vergence) is unknown. Eye movements were recorded in two patients with unilateral pontine infarctions and in 11 healthy controls. In addition to the deficit of "slow" vergence, "fast" vergence was particularly impaired. However, conjugate saccades did not differ from controls, but smooth pursuit eye movements did. The authors conclude that "fast" vergence palsy is not only caused by midbrain but also upper pontine lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)338-340
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 25.01.2005

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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