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Bárány's pointing test

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Objective, clinical test for demonstrating the existence of disturbances of the vestibular apparatus and its paths in the brain.

Description

Objective, clinical test for demonstrating the existence of disturbances of the vestibular apparatus and its paths in the brain. The patient is asked to point at a fixed object with a finger or a toe with the eyes alternatively open and closed. With eyes open the patient holds his arm upwards and then lowers it to a horizontal position, so that it points at the investigator's index finger. In damages of vestibularis there are disturbances of coordination and the patient points past.

Bibliography

  • R. Bárány:
    Untersuchungen über den vom Vestibularapparat des Ohres reflektorisch ausgelösten rhytmischen Nystagmus und seine Begleiterscheinungen. (Ein Beitrag zur Physiologie und Pathologie des Bogengangapparates).
    Monatsschrift für Ohrenheilkunde, Berlin, 1906, 40: 193-297,
    Monatsschrift für Ohrenheilkunde, Berlin, 1907, 41: 477-526,
    Republished in book form, Berlin, 1906.

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