Abducens nerve palsy

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  • Most common ocular nerve palsy
  • Innervates the ipsilateral lateral rectus muscle controlling eye abduction
  • 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


Dispo appropriate to etiology, consult either Neuro or Ophtho.

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