Oculo-auricular phenomenon secondary to vestibular dysfunction


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The oculo-auricular phenomenon consists of coactivation of the ocular rectus lateralis and the posterior muscles of both ears (transverse auriculae and obliquus auriculae muscles). This coactivation produces a bilateral curling of auricles during extreme lateral gaze that can be observed in as much as an 80% of the normal population. We herein describe a 26-year-old man who presented a transient oculo-auricular phenomenon in the course of a vestibular vertigo. © 2002 Movement Disorder Society