This is an emergency disorder. You will need to go to a hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
There is no known cure for central pontine myelinolysis. Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms.
Double vision may be reduced with the use of an eye patch.
Physical therapy may help maintain muscle strength, mobility and function in weakened arms and legs.
The nerve damage caused by central pontine myelinolysis is usually long-lasting. The disorder can cause serious long-term (chronic) disability.
- Decreased ability to interact with others
- Decreased ability to work or care for self
- Inability to move, other than to blink eyes (“locked in” syndrome)
- Permanent nervous system damage
Calling Your Health Care Provider
There is no real guideline on when to seek medical attention, because this condition is rare in the general community.
Review Date : 9/25/2008
Reviewed By : Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.