Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis
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Bickerstaff brainstem encephalitis(bik′ĕr-staf″)
[Edwin R. Bickerstaff, U.K. physician, b. 1920]
An immunological disorder characterized by acute paralysis of the extraocular muscles, associated with ataxic gait, drowsiness, and extensor plantar reflexes or loss of sensation on one side of the body.