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Improvement of acquired pendular nystagmus by gabapentin: case report

Bull Soc Belge Ophtalmol 2001;(282):43-6
Fabre K, Smet-Dieleman H, Zeyen T.
Dienst Oogheelkunde, A.Z. Middelheim, Antwerpen.

Acquired Pendular Nystagmus (APN) may cause distressing visual symptoms in patients who are already suffering a severe general disease.

Averbuch-Heller et al. conducted the first double-blind controlled study on treatment for APN.

They showed that gabapentin substantially reduces pendular nystagmus and significantly increases visual acuity in the majority of patients.

We present a patient with APN due to multiple sclerosis who suffered severe oscillopsy and reduction of visual acuity and who substantially benefited from a trial treatment with this agent.