An imaging guide to the evaluation of third cranial nerve palsies

Andrew G. Lee, Hillary Onan, Paul W. Brazis, Thomas Prager

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PURPOSE. To devise a cost-effective imaging guide for the evaluation of third nerve palsies (TNP), based on an extensive review of the literature. METHODS. A review of the pertinent English language literature was performed to devise a guideline for the evaluation and neuroimaging of TNP. The authors also report a retrospective review of the cost of imaging studies performed on 91 patients with TNP. RESULTS. On the basis of the available literature, an imaging guide was developed and applied to a retrospective chart review of 91 patients from a single tertiary care center (Baylor College of Medicine). The cost effectiveness as well as the efficacy of the imaging guide was analyzed. CONCLUSIONS. The evaluation of TNP can be difficult; however, using such guides may allow for more appropriate and cost-effective evaluation of these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-168
Number of pages16
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999


  • Imaging guide
  • Third nerve palsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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