Persistent cerebellar ataxia after exposure to toluene

Authors

  • John William Boor MD,

    1. Department of Neurology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Dr. Howard I. Hurtig MD

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Neurology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    • Dr Hurtig, Department of Neurology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Search for more papers by this author

Abstract

An optometrist and a glue sniffer exposed independently to toluene vapors developed cerebellar, pyramidal, and cognitive dysfunction. All deficits cleared completely in the former but persisted in the latter. The findings confirm a previous report of a toluene-induced neurological syndrome that is exclusively central, sparing peripheral nerves.

Ancillary