Babinski-Nageotte syndrome

Dr Henry Knipe and Rohit Sharma et al.

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. It is considered to be a spreading of the “Wallenbergian” lateral lesion, often due to occlusion of intracranial portion of the vertebral artery followed by PICA and its branches, to the corticospinal pathway resulting in the lateral medullary syndrome with contralateral hemiparesis/hemiplegia 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.

History and etymology

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

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rID: 54280
Section: Syndromes
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