abducens nerves


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abducens nerves

The sixth of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves. Each abducens nerve supplies the tiny muscle on the outer side of the eye that moves the eye outwards (the lateral rectus muscle). Paralysis of the abducens nerve causes a slight convergent squint with no outward movement of the eye beyond the central position. Also known as abducent nerve.
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Dr Simon Grant BSc PhD Oculomotor, trochlear or abducens nerve palsies are relatively common, but pose challenges for clinical management.
Each of these muscles is supplied by one of three nerves--the oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens nerves, which are also known as cranial nerves III, IV, and VI, respectively.
Next, the nail almost grazed the oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens nerves, which control eye muscles, eyelids, and pupil dilation.