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Schmidt's syndrome

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A syndrome of unilateral and ipsilateral paralysis of the soft palate, vocal cord, sternocleidomastoid muscle, partial or total paralysis of the trapezius muscle, torticollis, and an inability to turn the head. It is caused by lesions of the nucleus ambiguus and nucleus accessorius, commonly due to an infarction or a tumour.

It is a variant of Jackson-MacKenzie syndrome. See under John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist, 1835-1911.


  • A. Schmidt:
    Casuistische Beiträge zur Nervenpathologie. II. Doppelseitige Accesoriuslähmung bei syringomyelie.
    Deutsche medicinische Wochenschrift, Berlin, 1892, 18: 606-608.

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