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A case of traumatic bilateral abducens and unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy

Management of emergency care, Rare disease

Ferda Selçuk, Senem E. Mut

Am J Case Rep 2013; 14:230-234

DOI: 10.12659/AJCR.889065

Available online: 2013-07-03

Published: 2013-07-03


Background: Incidence of unilateral abducens palsy from head trauma has been reported to be as high as 1% to 2.7%, but bilateral abducens nerve palsy is extremely rare.
Case Report: We present a case in which bilateral abducens nerve and unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy developed with a high Glasgow Coma Score (GCS) 3 hours after head trauma due to a motor vehicle crash.
Conclusions: This case highlights the occurrence and management of posttraumatic bilateral sixth nerve palsy.

Keywords: hypoglossal nerve injury, Abducens Nerve Injury, trauma