Ann Rehabil Med.  2013 Dec;37(6):891-895. 10.5535/arm.2013.37.6.891.

Management of Severe Bilateral Ptosis in a Patient With Midbrain Infarction: A Case Report

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, St. Paul's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. coltrane@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

Ptosis could be caused by oculomotor nerve palsy in the midbrain infarction. Bilateral ptosis has been reported in several reports, which focused on clinical characteristics of midbrain infarction. Little research attention has been paid to the treatment of patients with bilateral ptosis in midbrain infarction. We experienced a case of severe bilateral ptosis occurring after midbrain infarction. The patient could not open her eyes, perform basic activities or achieve effective rehabilitation. Neurogenic ptosis can improved after the underlying cause is treated. However, in this case, bilateral ptosis was not improved after conservative care for 6 months and the patient remained limited in activities of daily living and mobility. Surgical correction of bilateral ptosis was done by the resection of both Muller's muscles. After surgical correction, the bilateral ptosis was much improved and the effect persisted for at least 6 months.

Keyword

Blepharoptosis; Cerebral infarction; Oculomotor nerve diseases

MeSH Terms

Activities of Daily Living
Blepharoptosis
Cerebral Infarction
Humans
Infarction*
Mesencephalon*
Muscles
Oculomotor Nerve Diseases
Rehabilitation
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