Ischemic Oculomotor Nerve Palsy Isolated to the Levator: A Case Report

Andrea A. Tooley, M. Tariq Bhatti, John Chen

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Ischemic oculomotor nerve (CN III) palsies frequently present with abrupt onset ptosis, ophthalmoplegia, diplopia, ipsilateral pain, and little to no anisocoria. An isolated microvascular ischemic insult to the superior division of CN III is uncommon, and usually affects both the superior rectus and levator muscles. We present a rare case of an ischemic CN III palsy isolated to the levator palpebrae superioris muscle only. Although rare, microvascular ischemic CN III palsies should be on the differential of isolated ptosis. Other causes of isolated ptosis, such as myasthenia gravis or an orbital lesion, should be excluded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • CN III palsy
  • microvascular
  • Oculomotor nerve palsy
  • ptosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Neurology

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