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Oxford: OUP cheap 100mg lopressor free shipping, 2003: 347-403 Cross References Anomia; Hemialexia - 146 - Hemiataxia H Hemianopia Hemianopia (hemianopsia) is a defect of one half of the visual field: this may be vertical or horizontal (= altitudinal field defect) discount lopressor 100mg visa. Hemianopic defects may be congruent (homonymous) or noncon- gruent (heteronymous), and may be detected by standard confronta- tional testing of the visual fields or automatically (e. These tests of the visual fields are an extension of the tests for visual acuity which assess areas away from the fovea. Because of the strict topographic arrangement of neural pathways within the visual system, particular abnormalities of the visual fields give a very precise indication of the likely site of pathology. It is important to assess whether the vertical meridian of a homonymous hemianopia cuts through the macula (macula splitting), implying a lesion of the optic radiation; or spares the macula (macula sparing), sug- gesting an occipital cortical lesion. Commonly, homonymous hemianopias result from cerebrovascular disease causing occip- ital lobe infarction, or intraparenchymal tumor, but they may be “false-localizing”due to raised intracranial pressure if temporal lobe herniation causes posterior cerebral artery compromise. The most common of these is a bitemporal hemianopia due to chiasmal compression, for example by a pituitary lesion or craniopharyngioma. Tilted optic discs may also be associated with bitemporal field loss but this extends to the blind spot and not the vertical merid- ian as in chiasmal pathology (“pseudobitemporal hemi- anopia”). Binasal defects are rare, suggesting lateral compression of the chiasm, for example from bilateral carotid artery aneurysms; binasal hemianopia is also described with optic nerve head lesions. Unilateral (monocu- lar) temporal hemianopia may result from a lesion anterior to the chiasm which selectively affects only the ipsilateral crossing nasal fibers (junctional scotoma of Traquair). Unawareness of visual field loss, anosognosic hemianopia, occurs principally with right-sided brain lesions. Bilateral homonymous hemianopia or double hemianopia may result in cortical blindness. Cross References Alexia; Altitudinal field defect; Anosognosia; Cortical blindness; “False-localizing signs”; Macula sparing, Macula splitting; Quadrantanopia; Scotoma; Visual field defects Hemiataxia Hemiataxia is ataxia confined to one half of the body. The vast major- ity of isolated hemiataxic syndromes reflect a lesion of the ipsilateral - 147 - H Hemiballismus cerebellar hemisphere, but on occasion supratentorial lesions may cause hemiataxia (posterior limb of the internal capsule, thalamus). However, in almost all of these cases hemiataxia coexists with ipsilat- eral hemiparesis (ataxic hemiparesis, q.

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