- A dictionary of medical eponyms

Halpern's syndrome

Synonyms

Acute transient monocular disequilibrium, dysequilibrium syndrome, sensimotor induction in unilateral disequilibrium syndrome, sensorimotor induction syndrome.

Related people

A dysequilibrium syndrome marked by the displacement of vertical and horizontal axes.

Description

A dysequilibrium syndrome marked by the displacement of vertical and horizontal axes. The condition is induced by looking with the affected eye only, is further aggravated by applying red filters to the eye and is corrected by blue filters. Not to be confused with the disequilibrium syndrome. Major features are the postural abnormalities manifested by unilateral displacement and sensory disturbancess in the form of altered perception. A wide variety of congenital abnormalities, including mental retardation, cerebral palsy, retarded motor development, and muscle hypotonia may be observed in most cases.

Bibliography

L. Halpern:
The syndrome of sensimotor induction in disturbed equilibrium.
   Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry, Chicago, 1949, 62: 330-354.

L. Halpern:
Das Syndrom der sensorimotorischen Induktion.
  Schweizer Archiv für Neurologie, Neurochirurgie und Psychiatrie, 1969, 103: 1-23.

M. Feinsod, R. J. Cannon, W. F. Hoyt:
Acute transient monocular disequilibrium (Halpern's syndrome).
  Israel journal of medical sciences 11(8):829 (1975) PMID 1165178

E. Bental, G. D. Hammond-Tooke:
Vertigo and drop attacks caused by acute transient monocular disequilibrium (
   Halpern's syndrome).
Journal of Neurology, Berlin, 1979, 222: 59-66.

B. Hagberg, G. Sanner and M. Steen:
The dysequilibrium syndrome in cerebralpalsy. Clinical aspects and treatment.
   Acta Pædiatrica Scandinavica, Stockholm, 1972, 61 (supplement 226): 1-63.

Stanley Jablonski:
• Jablonski’s Dictionary of Syndromes & Eponymic diseases.
  Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida, 1991.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

What is Whonamedit?

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.

Disclaimer:

Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.