Acquired pendular nystagmus in toluene addiction

E. F. Maas, J. Ashe, P. Spiegel, D. S. Zee, R. J. Leigh

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We studied the ocular motor abnormalities in 4 patients chronically addicted to sniffing glue containing toluene. They showed acquired pendular nystagmus with horizontal and vertical components. One patient also showed saccadic oscillations. The pendular nystagmus may be a manifestation of a disturbance in brainstem-cerebellar connections secondary to the toxic effect of toluene on white matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-285
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1991
Externally publishedYes


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