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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In some cases, sixth nerve palsy will disappear without treatment. If inflammation of the sixth nerve is suspected, medications called corticosteroids may be used. Until the nerve heals, wearing an eye patch can help with double vision. Prism spectacles can also help to realign eyesight. After a period of observation, strabismus surgery may be considered. Botulinum toxin may also be used to temporarily weaken the inward pulling of the muscle.
Last updated: 10/15/2015
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