Posttraumatic seesaw nystagmus abolished by ethanol ingestion

Neurology. 1986 Jun;36(6):841-4. doi: 10.1212/wnl.36.6.841.


We describe a patient who was left with a midchiasmal injury and bitemporal hemianopia after head trauma. Four months later, she developed typical seesaw nystagmus and moderate hydrocephalus. Lumbar punctures did not affect the nystagmus, but a temporary cessation was documented after ingestion of ethanol.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Injuries / complications
  • Ethanol / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / complications
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic / physiopathology
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic / therapy*


  • Ethanol