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Diseases

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Sixth nerve palsy


Other Names for this Disease
  • Cranial mononeuropathy VI
  • Abducens nerve palsy
  • Sixth cranial nerve palsy
  • VI nerve palsy
  • 6th nerve palsy
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Cause

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What causes sixth nerve palsy?

Sixth nerve palsy has many potential causes, including:[1][2][3]
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Viral illness
  • Brain tumors
  • Inflammation
  • Infections (such as meningitis)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Elevated pressure inside the brain
  • Gradenigo's syndrome (which also causes ear discharge and eye pain)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Small-vessel disease, particularly in diabetics (diabetic neuropathy)

The condition can be present at birth, but the most common cause in children is trauma. In some people, there is no clear cause.[1][2]
Last updated: 10/15/2015

References
  1. Sixth Nerve Palsy. AAPOS. August 2014; http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions/98.
  2. Cranial Mononeuropathy VI. MedlinePlus. May 21, 2012; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000690.htm. Accessed 3/24/2014.
  3. Michael P Ehrenhaus, MD. Abducens Nerve Palsy. Medscape Reference. February 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1198383-overview.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Cranial mononeuropathy VI
  • Abducens nerve palsy
  • Sixth cranial nerve palsy
  • VI nerve palsy
  • 6th nerve palsy
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.