Difference between revisions of "Abducens nerve palsy"

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* Miller-Fisher Syndrome [[Guillian-Barre Syndrome]]
* Miller-Fisher Syndrome [[Guillian-Barre Syndrome]]
* Congenital Esotropia
* Congenital Esotropia
* Meningitis

Revision as of 08:37, 28 August 2015


Palsy of the abducens nerve, CN VI, is the most common ocular nerve palsy. The abducens nerve innervates the ipsilateral lateral rectus muscle, controlling eye abduction. A palsy results in an esotropia of the affected eye due to the unopposed action of the medial rectus muscle.

Clinical Features

Patients with a CN VI palsy frequently present with diplopia and esotropia. They may have a head turn to help correct their diplopia.

Differential Diagnosis


  • CBC
  • BMP
  • Accucheck
  • CT/MRI Brain
  • ESR
  • Lyme Titer
  • RPR


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