Lateral rectus split in the management of Duane's Retraction Syndrome

Ophthalmic Surg Lasers. Nov-Dec 2000;31(6):499-501.


This case reports Type I Duane's Retraction Syndrome with marked upshoot of the globe in adduction. An 18-year-old patient presented with complaints of not being able to move his left eye outwards since childhood. A 'Y' split of the lateral rectus muscle was performed in the affected eye. There was marked cosmetic and functional improvement in the patient which was stable after 6 months of follow-up. Y splitting of the lateral rectus muscle is a simple technique that can be used effectively in the treatment of marked upshoot or downshoot in Duane's Retraction Syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Duane Retraction Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Duane Retraction Syndrome / surgery*
  • Eye Movements
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oculomotor Muscles / innervation
  • Oculomotor Muscles / physiopathology
  • Oculomotor Muscles / surgery*
  • Ophthalmologic Surgical Procedures / methods*