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Sixth nerve palsy
Other Names for this Disease
- 6th nerve palsy
- Abducens nerve palsy
- Cranial mononeuropathy VI
- Cranial nerve VI palsy
- Sixth cranial nerve palsy
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Prognosis depends on the underlying cause of the condition. Sixth nerve palsy caused by viral illness generally resolves completely while cases resulting from trauma may exhibit residual symptoms. The greatest improvement generally occurs in the first 6 months. Most people with idiopathic disease (those cases where a cause cannot be identified) completely recover. Some individuals may experience permanent vision changes.
Last updated: 8/19/2011
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- Dugdale DC, Hoch DB. Cranial mononeuropathy VI. MedlinePlus. 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000690.htm. Accessed 8/19/2011.