Isolated unilateral abducens cranial nerve palsy: A rare presentation of pituitary apoplexy

Albert Matti, Adam Rudkin, Andrew Lee, Celia Chen

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    Abstract

    PURPOSE. To describe a rare presentation of pituitary apoplexy as unilateral abducens nerve palsy demonstrating the various presentations of the condition. Methods. Case report. RESULTS. A 48-year-old man presented with isolated right abducens nerve palsy. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a large pituitary macroadenoma with evidence of recent bleed into the right cavernous sinus and surrounding the right internal carotid artery. CONCLUSIONS. Pituitary apoplexy may present subtly with an isolated sixth nerve palsy but the condition is critical and high index of suspicion needs to be governed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)234-236
    Number of pages3
    JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Abducens nerve palsy
    • Apoplexy
    • Macroadenoma

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