Babinski-Nageotte syndrome

Babinski-Nageotte syndrome is thought to be a brainstem stroke syndrome in between that of the hemimedullary syndrome (Reinhold syndrome) and the lateral medullary syndrome (Wallenberg syndrome) 1,2

In many texts this eponymous syndrome is incorrectly attributed to actually being the hemimedullary syndrome, however this is a very similar yet clinically distinct syndrome 2.

It is considered to be a spreading of the “Wallenbergian” lateral lesion to the corticospinal pathway resulting in the lateral medullary syndrome with contralateral hemiparesis/hemiplegia 1,2.

It is usually caused by an ischaemic stroke, often due to occlusion of intracranial portion of the vertebral artery, followed by PICA and its branches 1,2.

Lesions are in medulla with imaging characteristics depending on underlying cause.

The syndrome was first described by Joseph Babinski (1858-1932) and Jean Nageotte (1866-1948), French physicians, in 1902 3.

Stroke and intracranial haemorrhage
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Section: Syndromes
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