Delayed post-traumatic bilateral abducens nerve palsy with complete recovery

Vijay Yanamadala, Brian P. Walcott, Brian V. Nahed, Jean Valery C.E. Coumans

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Isolated bilateral abducens (sixth) nerve palsy is rare in the setting of trauma. To date, most cases have been reported in patients who sustain cranial fractures or have other acute intracranial pathologies, including acute hemorrhage. We describe the case of a 41-year-old man who presented with bilateral abducens nerve palsy in the setting of acute head trauma without evidence of cranial fractures or other acute intracranial pathology. Six months after the initial injury, he regained bilateral function of his abducens nerves with intact extraocular muscle movements. Full recovery is the natural history in the majority of traumatic abducens nerve palsies, and this is an important consideration when counseling patients with such injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-586
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Abducens
  • Extraocular
  • Palsy
  • Sixth nerve
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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