What are the complications 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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Sudden full rupture of berry aneurysm with massive subarachnoid hemorrhage may lead to devastating neurologic deficit and death.

This rupture is one of the most serious emergencies that patients presenting with isolated third cranial nerve palsy may develop, and it constitutes the compelling reason for careful differential diagnosis.

In much the same way, the natural history of all the diseases mentioned in this article might be listed as complications of third cranial nerve palsy but will not be further elaborated here.


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