Peripheral third cranial nerve enhancement in multiple sclerosis.


Journal Article

Cranial nerve III dysfunction in multiple sclerosis (MS) is uncommon. Seven cases of isolated cranial nerve III paresis associated with MS have been reported in the English-language literature. MR imaging was obtained in five cases demonstrating lesions within the midbrain. We present the detailed clinical and MR imaging findings of a young woman with MS and an isolated, painful pupil involving complete left cranial nerve III palsy. Initial MR imaging showed isolated enhancement of the cisternal portion of the cranial nerve III, suggesting that peripheral nervous system involvement may develop as part of the disease process in some patients with MS.

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Cited Authors

  • Bhatti, MT; Schmalfuss, IM; Williams, LS; Quisling, RG

Published Date

  • August 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1390 - 1395

PubMed ID

  • 12917135

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12917135

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0195-6108


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States