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Tolosa-Hunt syndrome

Synonym(s) Painful ophthalmoplegia
Prevalence -
Inheritance -
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  • H49.8
  • C0040381
  • C0392060
  • C531833
  • D020333
  • 10051526


Disease definition

Tolosa-Hunt syndrome is an ophthalmoplegic syndrome, affecting all age groups, characterized by acute attacks (lasting a few days to a few weeks) of periorbital pain, ipsilateral ocular motor nerve palsies, ptosis, disordered eye movements and blurred vision usually caused by a non-specific inflammatory process in the cavernous sinus and superior orbital fissure. It has an unpredicatable course with spontaneous remission occurring in some and recurrence of attacks in others.

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