Abducent nerve palsy following dental local analgesia

Br Dent J. 1995 Jul 22;179(2):69-70. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4808836.


A case of temporary abducent nerve palsy, following posterior superior alveolar nerve block during removal of an upper third molar tooth is presented. The relevant anatomy and other causes of sixth nerve palsy are considered, together with guidelines for the management of such an occurrence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abducens Nerve / drug effects*
  • Adult
  • Anesthesia, Dental / adverse effects*
  • Cranial Nerve Diseases / chemically induced
  • Diplopia / chemically induced
  • Humans
  • Lidocaine / adverse effects*
  • Male
  • Maxilla
  • Maxillary Nerve
  • Molar, Third / surgery
  • Nerve Block / adverse effects
  • Ophthalmoplegia / chemically induced*
  • Tooth Extraction


  • Lidocaine