Journal article

Saccades in adult Niemann-Pick disease type C reflect frontal, brainstem, and biochemical deficits

LA Abel, M Walterfang, M Fietz, EA Bowman, D Velakoulis

NEUROLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The autosomal recessive disorder Niemannn-Pick type C (NPC) presents in adulthood with psychosis or cognitive deficits associated with supranuclear gaze palsies. While saccadic innervation to the extraocular muscles is generated in the brainstem, the frontal lobes play an integral role in the initiation of volitional saccades and the suppression of unwanted reflexive saccades. No study has examined the frontally driven volitional control of saccadic eye movements in NPC. OBJECTIVE: To examine self-paced and antisaccades as well as reflexive saccades in adult patients with NPC, a disorder known to affect brainstem and frontal cortical function. METHODS: Three biochemically confirm..

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