Department of Ophthalmology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
Tendon laxity in superior oblique
Ophthalmology. 99(7):1032-8, 1992 Jul.
BACKGROUND: Some congenital superior
oblique palsies are known to be due to anomalous or lax
superior oblique tendons. This prospective
study of 24 patients with a diagnosis of superior
oblique palsy was performed to determine
the prevalence and significance of anatomic tendon anomaly or laxity as diagnosed
by traction testing of the superior oblique tendon. METHODS: Traction testing
was performed on 24 consecutive superior oblique palsy patients to determine the
relative laxity of the tendons. RESULTS: All 14 patients who were believed to
have congenital palsy by history and clinical examination were found to have lax
tendons. No patient with acquired unilateral palsy showed similar tendon laxity.
CONCLUSION: These findings have significant implications regarding the diagnosis
and possible cause of congenital superior oblique palsy as well as implications
for surgical management.