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The Flight of Colors Test in Multiple Sclerosis

The Flight of Colors Test in Multiple Sclerosis Abstract • Flight of colors (FOC), the rapidly changing series of colored afterimages perceived When a bright light briefly strikes the eye, is impaired or absent in patients with, lesions affecting central visual fields, especially optic neuropathies (ONS). The effectiveness of a bedside test of FOC using a pocket flashlight was compared with that of pattern-reversal visual evoked responses (PRVERs) in examining 74 subjects): 20 controls, seven patients With ON not due to multiple sclerosis (MS), 26 patients with MS, and 21 patients with possible MS and no clinical ON. The FOC test correctly identified 95 of 99 normal eyes and 45 of 49 eyes with ON, and accurately diagnosed 140 (95%) of 148 eyes overall. In 84 eyes examined by PRVER and FOC, the results agreed in 73 cases (87%), including those of subclinical ON. References 1. Matthews WB, Small DG, Small M, et al. Pattern reversal evoked visual potential in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis . J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1977;40:1009-1014.Crossref 2. Feldman M, Todman L, Bender MB: Flight of colors in lesions of the visual system . J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1974;37:1265-1272.Crossref 3. Mourik J, van Donselaar CA, Minderhoud JM: Disturbed flight of colors in multiple sclerosis . Lancet 1978;1:105. 4. Swart S, Millac P: A comparison of flight of colors with visually evoked responses in patients with multiple sclerosis . J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1980;43:550-551.Crossref 5. Berry W: The flight of colors in the after image of a bright light . Psychol Bull 1922;19:307-337.Crossref 6. McAlpine D, Lumsden C, Acheson E: Multiple Sclerosis: A Reappraisal , ed 2. London, Churchill Livingston, 1972. 7. Coltheart M: The persistences of vision Philos Trans R Soc Lond Biol 1980;290:57-69.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Neurology American Medical Association

The Flight of Colors Test in Multiple Sclerosis

Archives of Neurology , Volume 42 (8) – Aug 1, 1985

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1985 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-9942
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1538-3687
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10.1001/archneur.1985.04210090023007
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Abstract

Abstract • Flight of colors (FOC), the rapidly changing series of colored afterimages perceived When a bright light briefly strikes the eye, is impaired or absent in patients with, lesions affecting central visual fields, especially optic neuropathies (ONS). The effectiveness of a bedside test of FOC using a pocket flashlight was compared with that of pattern-reversal visual evoked responses (PRVERs) in examining 74 subjects): 20 controls, seven patients With ON not due to multiple sclerosis (MS), 26 patients with MS, and 21 patients with possible MS and no clinical ON. The FOC test correctly identified 95 of 99 normal eyes and 45 of 49 eyes with ON, and accurately diagnosed 140 (95%) of 148 eyes overall. In 84 eyes examined by PRVER and FOC, the results agreed in 73 cases (87%), including those of subclinical ON. References 1. Matthews WB, Small DG, Small M, et al. Pattern reversal evoked visual potential in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis . J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1977;40:1009-1014.Crossref 2. Feldman M, Todman L, Bender MB: Flight of colors in lesions of the visual system . J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1974;37:1265-1272.Crossref 3. Mourik J, van Donselaar CA, Minderhoud JM: Disturbed flight of colors in multiple sclerosis . Lancet 1978;1:105. 4. Swart S, Millac P: A comparison of flight of colors with visually evoked responses in patients with multiple sclerosis . J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1980;43:550-551.Crossref 5. Berry W: The flight of colors in the after image of a bright light . Psychol Bull 1922;19:307-337.Crossref 6. McAlpine D, Lumsden C, Acheson E: Multiple Sclerosis: A Reappraisal , ed 2. London, Churchill Livingston, 1972. 7. Coltheart M: The persistences of vision Philos Trans R Soc Lond Biol 1980;290:57-69.Crossref

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Archives of NeurologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 1985

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