Podcast #318: Nystagmus
Release Date: 04/13/2018
Author: Erik Verzemnieks, M.D.
● Common causes of nystagmus: Congenital disorders, CNS diseases (MS, CVA), Intoxication
● Drugs associated (ETOH, Ketamine, PCP, SSRI, MDMA, Lithium, Phenytoin, Barbiturates)
● If a patient has nystagmus and is intoxicated, consider other drugs and etiologies as potential sources
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