Transient partial ophthalmoplegia and Horner's syndrome after intraoral local anesthesia

J Clin Neurosci. 2005 Aug;12(6):696-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2004.08.029.


Local neurological symptoms and signs are infrequent after intraoral anesthesia for dental procedures, thus diagnosis may be challenging for a neurologist unfamiliar with this benign phenomenon. Unnecessary diagnostic procedures may be performed and can be associated with complications. We present a 19-year old woman with transient diplopia, miosis, partial enophthalmia and lacrimation on the side of injection after intraoral anesthesia with prilocaine.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, Dental / adverse effects*
  • Anesthesia, Local / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Horner Syndrome / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Ophthalmoplegia / etiology*