What are the signs and symptoms of abducens nerve palsy (sixth cranial nerve palsy)?

Updated: Nov 19, 2018
  • Author: Michael P Ehrenhaus, MD; Chief Editor: Edsel Ing, MD, MPH, FRCSC  more...
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Answer

Clinical history of abducens nerve palsy includes the following:

  • Binocular diplopia (worse at distance or lateral gaze)
  • Esotropia
  • Head-turn
  • Vision loss
  • Headache, vomiting, pain, or facial numbness
  • Trauma
  • Symptoms of vasculitis, particularly giant cell arteritis
  • Hearing loss

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