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Sixth nerve palsy

Other Names for this Disease
  • 6th nerve palsy
  • Abducens nerve palsy
  • Cranial mononeuropathy VI
  • Cranial nerve VI palsy
  • Sixth cranial nerve palsy
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How might sixth nerve palsy be treated?

If inflammation of the sixth nerve is suspected, medications called corticosteroids may be used. Sometimes the condition will disappear without treatment. Until the nerve heals, wearing an eye patch can help with double vision.[1] Prism spectacles can also help to realign eyesight. After a period of observation, strabismus surgery may be considered. Botulinum toxin may also be used to temporarily weaken the inward pulling of the muscle.[2]
Last updated: 8/19/2011

  1. Dugdale DC, Hoch DB. Cranial mononeuropathy VI. MedlinePlus. 2010; Accessed 8/19/2011.
  2. Sixth Nerve Palsy. American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2011; Accessed 8/19/2011.