Oculomotor nerve palsy following submucosal diathermy to the inferior turbinates

J Laryngol Otol. 2000 Apr;114(4):285-6. doi: 10.1258/0022215001905355.


Submucosal diathermy to the inferior turbinates is a common surgical procedure performed to improve the nasal airway. We present the case of a previously well six-year-old boy who underwent submucosal diathermy and developed the unusual complication of a left oculomotor nerve palsy. The possible aetiology is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Electrocoagulation / adverse effects*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nasal Obstruction / surgery*
  • Ophthalmoplegia / etiology*
  • Turbinates / surgery*