What are the treatment options for Horner syndrome?

Updated: May 01, 2019
  • Author: Christopher M Bardorf, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edsel Ing, MD, MPH, FRCSC  more...
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In general, appropriate treatment of Horner syndrome depends on the underlying cause. The goal of treatment is to eradicate the underlying disease process. In many cases, however, no effective treatment is known. Prompt recognition of the syndrome and expedient referral to appropriate specialists are vital.

Whether surgical care is indicated and what type is appropriate depend on the particular cause of Horner syndrome. Potential surgical interventions include neurosurgical care for aneurysm-related Horner syndrome and vascular surgical care for causative conditions such as carotid artery dissection or aneurysm.


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