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ISRN Ophthalmology
Volume 2011, Article ID 594848, 7 pages
Review Article

Abnormal Head Position in Infantile Nystagmus Syndrome

1Hospital de La Paz, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, IdiPaz, 28029 Madrid, Spain
2Hospital de Móstoles, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28935 Madrid, Spain
3Hospital 12 de Octubre, Universidad Complutense, 28041 Madrid, Spain
4Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, 28034 Madrid, Spain

Received 1 September 2011; Accepted 13 October 2011

Academic Editors: H. Ahmadieh and A. Berta

Copyright © 2011 Susana Noval et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Infantile nystagmus is an involuntary, bilateral, conjugate, and rhythmic oscillation of the eyes which is present at birth or develops within the first 6 months of life. It may be pendular or jerk-like and, its intensity usually increases in lateral gaze, decreasing with convergence. Up to 64% of all patients with nystagmus also present strabismus, and even more patients have an abnormal head position. The abnormal head positions are more often horizontal, but they may also be vertical or take the form of a tilt, even though the nystagmus itself is horizontal. The aim of this article is to review available information about the origin and treatment of the abnormal head position associated to nystagmus, and to describe our treatment strategies.