Heavy Water Nystagmus and Effects of Alcohol.
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After drinking a large dose of ethyl alcohol a phenomenon called positional alcohol nystagmus PAN occurs. Nystagmus is an involuntary oscillating movement of the eyeballs in which they repeatedly turn slowly in one direction and fast in the reverse direction. The nystagmus that starts 30 min or so after drinking alcohol PAN I is called positional because it occurs only when the head is held in certain positions relative to gravity. When the head is held with the right side down, the eyes turn fast to the right, slowly to the left, fast to the right, and so on. Nystagmus is named after the prominent fast movements, and this nystagmus is called nystagmus to the right. When the head is held with the left side down after alcohol, the resulting nystagmus is to the left.
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