Abducens nerve palsy

Abducens nerve palsies, or sixth nerve palsies, results in weakness of the ipsilateral lateral rectus muscle.

Patients present with horizontal diplopia with an inability to abduct the ipsilateral eye, thereby resulting in an esotropia (nasal deviation of the eye).

The abducens nerve has the longest subarachnoid course of all the cranial nerves.

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rID: 12883
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Lateral rectus palsy
  • Sixth nerve palsy

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