Third Cranial Nerve Palsy is described as dysfunction of the third cranial nerve (oculomotor nerve). The diagnosis and management of third nerve palsy varies according to the age of the patient, characteristics of the third nerve palsy, and the presence of associated signs and symptoms.
Third Nerve palsy may present as “seeing double: or droopy eyelid. Occasionally an enlarged pupil may be seen. This disorder may or may not be associated with pain, usually sudden and severe.
Third nerve palsy requires a specific workup including a detailed physical examination, blood work, and neuroimaging.
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By: Jordan Shankle, PA