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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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Prognosis


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What is the long term outlook for people with sixth nerve palsy?

The long term outlook (prognosis) depends on the underlying cause of the condition. Sixth nerve palsy caused by viral illness generally goes away completely while cases due to trauma may cause residual symptoms. The greatest improvement generally occurs in the first 6 months.[1] Most people with idiopathic sixth nerve palsy (of unknown cause) completely recover. Some people may experience permanent vision changes.[2]
Last updated: 8/19/2011

References
  1. Sixth Nerve Palsy. American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. 2011; http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/98. Accessed 8/19/2011.
  2. Dugdale DC, Hoch DB. Cranial mononeuropathy VI. MedlinePlus. 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000690.htm. Accessed 8/19/2011.