Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
128 Doctors are Online

Uncontrolled eye movements, central apnea, atrial ectopy, oxygen desaturation

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2001
Answered : 504 Questions
Are these things related? Should I be worried?

I've been having rapid uncontrolled horizontal eye movm't which is increasing in frequency and duration. Have had confirmed episodes of PLM without associated cortical arousals, central apneas, and oxygen desaturation w/a XXXXXXX of 84%. The doctors look into my eyes, but when it isn't happening. Does atrial ectopy have any relation? I'm worried because a doctor described another test as my brain not knowing where my head is.That sounds funny but they are serious. Are these related? Who should I see? This is from different doctors. Also but probably unrelated are some serious spinal cervical, thoracic and lumbar damage (w/ cervical fusion.)

Tags: central apnea, uncontrolled eye movement, PLM w/o cortical arousal, atrial ectopy, oxygen desaturation, head, eyes, brain
Posted Fri, 20 Apr 2012 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Shiva Kumar R 6 hours later

From the information submitted I assume that you are having involuntary eye movements called as “Nystagmus”. Nystagmus occurs due to abnormality in the center for eye movement control (Cerebellum and its connections). There can be multiple conditions causing this abnormality.

However there is no relation between these eye movements and atrial ectopics.

I would like to know if you have done MRI of the brain. If not, I think you should do MRI of the brain to look for causes of nystagmus. A neurologist after a detailed neurological examination would be able to guide you through the test.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.

Wish you good health.

Dr Shiva Kumar R
Neurologist & Epileptologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Neurologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor