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 depends upon the etiological diagnosis in the individual case. Medical third cranial nerve palsy from presumed ischemia carries the best prognosis for recovery of nerve function, as almost all of these patients recover spontaneously within a few weeks.

Patients with third cranial nerve palsy from identifiable diseases, such as infectious or neoplastic meningeal infiltration and berry aneurysm, have varying prognosis depending on a myriad of factors that are beyond the scope of this article.


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