Benign Isolated Abducens Nerve Palsy
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Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, Kahramanmaraş,, Turkey
Publication date: 2010-04-12
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Murat Özdemir   

Kahramanmaras Sütçü İmam University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology 46100, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
Eur J Gen Med 2010;7(2):220-222
Cranial nerve VI (abducens nerve) innervates the lateral rectus muscle. Acquired isolated abducens nerve palsy in infants and children is a rare condition. A lesion of abducens nerve will result in esotropia greater at distance, an ipsilateral abduction deficiency, and a double vision. The abducens nerve palsy in a child may be caused by serious neurological diseases such as raised intracranial pressure, tumors, or tuberculous meningitis. However, the abducens nerve palsy can rarely occur in children after minor febrile episodes or upper respiratory infections, and that is named as benign sixth nerve palsy which is generally reversible. In this report, we discussed the diagnostic and therapeutic approach in a pediatric case had a benign isolated abducens nerve palsy.
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