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Foville-Wilson syndrome

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Term used to describe the impairment of lateral convergence that is present in disseminated sclerosis. Consists of paralysis of abduction, preserved convergence, and dissociated monocular nystagmus of the abducted eye.


  • A. L. F. Foville:
    Note sur une paralysie peu connue de certains muscles de l’oeil, et sa liaison avec quelques points de l’anatomie de la physiologie de la protubérance annulaire.
    Bulletin de la Société anatomique, Paris, 1858, 33: 393-414.
  • S. A. K. Wilson:
    Case of disseminated sclerosis, with weakness of each internal rectus and nystagmus, and latral deviation limited to the outer eye.
    Brain, Oxford, 1906, 29: 298.

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