Lateral pontine syndrome

Lateral pontine syndrome, also known as Marie-Foix syndrome or Marie-Foix-Alajouanine syndrome, refers to one of the brainstem stroke syndromes of the lateral aspect of the pons.

There is a characteristic clinical picture from the involvement of the following pontine structures 1,2:

The lateral pontine syndrome occurs due to occlusion of perforating branches of the basilar and anterior inferior cerebellar (AICA) arteries 1,2

The syndrome was first described by Pierre Marie (1853-1940), Charles Foix (1882-1927), and Théophile Alajouanine (1890-1980), French neurologists, in 1922 3.

Stroke and intracranial haemorrhage
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rID: 32269
Section: Syndromes
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Marie-Foix syndrome
  • Lateral pontine stroke syndrome
  • Marie-Foix-Alajouanine syndrome

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