What is the prognosis of third cranial nerve palsy (oculomotor cranial nerve palsy)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2018
  • Author: James Goodwin, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew G Lee, MD  more...
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The prognosis of an oculomotor palsy depends on the etiology. Posttraumatic, postinfectious, postinflammatory, and ischemic oculomotor palsies may partially or completely recover spontaneously. Compressive lesions (eg, aneurysm or tumor) that are treated endovascularly or surgically may also improve or resolve following treatment. Patients with chronic and stable ptosis or ophthalmoplegia due to oculomotor nerve palsy may benefit from reconstructive lid or strabismus surgery.

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