Acquired blepharoptosis

Oosterhuis, HJGH., Feb-1996, In : Clinical neurology and neurosurgery. 98, 1, p. 1-7 7 p.

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  • HJGH Oosterhuis

A review is given of the aetiology and possible treatment of acquired (non-congenital) blepharoptosis, which is a common but not specific sign of neurological disease: The diagnostic categories of upper eyelid drooping are scheduled as (a) pseudo-ptosis due to a local process or overactivity of eye closure, including blepharospasm, and (b) true ptosis due to a paresis of the eyelid levators (m. tarsalis superior or m. levator palpebrae) or to a disinsertion of the m. levator palpebrae (aponeurotic ptosis). A paresis of the m. tarsalis is due to a lesion in the central, intermediate or peripheral neuron of the sympathetic chain and constitutes one of the components of Horner's syndrome. A paresis of the m. levator palpebrae may be due to a failure in central innervation, in oculomotor (n.III) function, in neuromuscular transmission or to a lesion in the muscle itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalClinical neurology and neurosurgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb-1996


  • blepharoptosis, eyelid drooping, Horner's syndrome, myasthenia gravis, ocular myopathy, pseudo-ptosis, Meige's syndrome, MITOCHONDRIAL MYOPATHY, PTOSIS, APRAXIA, PALSY

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