Cranial Nerve Palsy

Paralysis of any of the twelve cranial nerves is referred to as cranial nerve palsies. Symptoms vary according to what nerve has been affected. Some common cranial nerve palsies are: oculomotor nerve palsy, facial nerve palsy, abducens nerve palsy, trochlear nerve palsy, glossopharyngeal and trigeminal neuralgia.

Fast Facts:

  • A cranial nerve examination is useful in identifying a cranial nerve palsy.
  • Oculomotor, abducens and trochlear nerve palsies affect directional eye movement.
  • Trigeminal and facial nerve palsies affect facial sensation and expression.
  • Glossopharyngeal palsies affect swallowing and speech.

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