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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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Inheritance

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Is sixth nerve palsy inherited?

Sixth nerve palsy is not inherited and often results from any of a number of problems that cause damage to the sixth nerve. Many times, the cause remains unknown. The condition is usually acquired, but congenital sixth nerve palsy (present at birth) has been reported rarely. Congenital cases of isolated nerve palsy are possibly related to birth trauma, or nerve lesions in the temporal bone. Multiple congenital cranial nerve defects (more than one nerve affected) are more likely to be related to restricted blood flow (ischemia) in the prenatal period.[1][2]
Last updated: 3/25/2014

References
  1. Siddharth Agrawal, Vinita Singh, and Saurabh Agrawal. Congenital sixth nerve palsy or Type I Duane syndrome?. Oman J Ophthalmol. May-August, 2011; 4(2):92-94. Accessed 3/24/2014.
  2. Carr MM, Ross DA, Zuker RM. Cranial nerve defects in congenital facial palsy. J Otolaryngol. April, 1997; 26(2):80-87. Accessed 3/24/2014.


Other Names for this Disease
  • 6th nerve palsy
  • Abducens nerve palsy
  • Cranial mononeuropathy VI
  • Cranial nerve VI palsy
  • Sixth cranial nerve palsy
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.