Abducens nerve palsy

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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.

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