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Cranial mononeuropathy III - compression type

  • Alternative Names

    Third cranial nerve palsy; Oculomotor palsy; Pupil-involving third cranial nerve palsy


    Some people get better without treatment. Treating the cause (if it can be found) may relieve the symptoms in many cases.

    Treatment may include:

    • Corticosteroid medications to reduce swelling and relieve pressure on the nerve
    • Eye patch or glasses with prisms to reduce double vision
    • Pain medications
    • Surgery to treat eyelid drooping or eyes that are not aligned

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    Some cranial nerve dysfunctions will respond to treatment. A few cases result in some permanent loss of function.

    Causes such as brain swelling due to a tumor or stroke or a brain aneurysm may be life-threatening.

    • Permanent eyelid drooping
    • Permanent vision changes

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you have double vision and it doesn't go away in a few minutes, especially if you also have eyelid drooping.