Hypertropia

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Hypertropia

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Definition[edit | edit source]

A hypertropia is a form of vertical strabismus where one eye is deviated upwards in comparison to the fellow eye, as opposed to hypotropia, where one eye is deviated downwards. Depending on which eye is fixing, a hypertropia of one eye is the same entity as a hypotropia of the fellow eye, according to Hering’s law. By convention, the designation of the vertical strabismus is made according to the hypertropic eye1. If it behaves the same in all fields of gaze or differently in different fields of gaze, it is classified as comitant or incomitant, respectively.

Etiology[edit | edit source]

Comitant vertical strabismus[edit | edit source]

Superior Rectus Underaction[edit | edit source]

Contralateral hypertropia, due to yoke muscle overaction (contralateral superior rectus/inferior oblique)

Differential diagnosis with an inferior rectus restrictive strabismus.

Causes1,2,3,36,37,38:

  • Iatrogenic (ex.: Following superior rectus weakening procedures, glaucoma surgery, oculoplastic surgery, scleral buckle insertion.)
  • Traumatic
  • Innervational anomaly of the superior division of the III cranial nerve
  • Muscle aplasia
  • Neoplastic (ex.: Pineacytoma, orbital tumor)
  • Thyroid ophthalmopathy

Monocular Elevation Deficit Syndrome (MEDS)[edit | edit source]

Limitation of elevation with contralateral hypertropia. It is sometimes called double elevator palsy.

Other features: Chin elevation 3 and ipsilateral true or pseudo-ptosis 4. It is sometimes associated with the Marcus Gunn jaw-winking phenomenon 5.  

Cause: It can have various causes, such as orbital restricitive or neurological causes (supranuclear, nuclear or inflanuclear). 1 Sometimes it can be associated with congenital inferior rectus restriction, superior rectus palsy 6 or both. 1,7

Inferior Rectus Underaction[edit | edit source]

Ipsilateral hypertropia.

Differential diagnosis with a superior rectus restrictive strabismus.

Causes 1,3,8,9,10,11:

  • Iatrogenic (ex.: Overcorrections following inferior rectus weakening procedures as in thyroid ophthalmopathy )
  • Traumatic
  • Innervational anomaly of the inferior division of the III cranial nerve
  • Muscle aplasia (The inferior rectus is most frequently affected,it can be assotiated with craniofacial disorders)
  • Neoplastic
  • Neurological (ex.: Myastenia gravis)
  • Restrictive (ex.: Traumatic, as in floor fractures with and entrapped inferior rectus muscle; thyroid ophthalmopathy; iatrogenic, due to periorbital adhesions or local anesthesia toxicity; congenital fibrosis limited to the inferior rectus muscle)

Incomitant Vertical Strabismus[edit | edit source]

Unilateral Superior Oblique Paresis[edit | edit source]

Hypertropia that increases on adduction to the contralateral side and head tilt to the side of the affected muscle. Ex.: Left superior oblique paresis causes a left hypertropia on right gaze and head tilt to the left. 

It is the most common cause of an isolated vertical deviation 1,12.

Other features: Mild exotortion (<10º); compensatory head tilt to the contralateral side and face turn towards the contralateral shoulder, sometimes associated with a facial asymmetry; contralateral inferior rectus overaction (“fallen eye’’) 1; large vertical fusional amplitudes when congenital. 1,3

Causes 1,13,14,15,16

  • Congenital and traumatic causes are the most frequent (Congenital causes are frequently due to absent trochlear nerves, muscle hypoplasias or tendon laxity but muscle/tendon agenisis has also been described. Symptoms sometimes arise in late childhood or middle age. If traumatic, it is bilateral until proven otherwise.)
  • Vascular
  • Neurologic (ex.: Myasthenia gravis)
  • Iatrogenic (ex.: Slipped muscle; following tenotomy or tenectomy procedures)
  • Diabetic mononeuropathy
  • Neoplastic
  • Viral (ex.: Herpes zoster)
  • Nasal sinus affections (ex.: Mucocele)

Bilateral Superior Oblique Paresis[edit | edit source]

Left hypertropia in right gaze, right hypertropia in left gaze, the hypertropia is less evident than in unilateral superior oblique paresis. 

Other features: Larger extortion than in unilateral paresis (>10º); esotropia increasing in down gaze (>10º) – V pattern of the ''arrow subtype'' 1. Sometimes bilateral involvement can be masked due to an assymetrical involvment. Some signs that can be suggestive of bilateral involvement are the reversal of hypertropia on ipsilateral side gaze and contralateral head tilt 17 , objective fundus extorsion 3 and a slight IO oblique overaction of the other eye 1, as sometimes it becomes evident only after a surgical correction. 18

Causes13:

  • Trauma (The IV cranial nerves exit the midbrain very closely so that strong head traumas, or sometimes even small ones, frequently origin bilateral rather than unilateral palsies)
  • Neoplastic
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Congenital (uncommon)

Inferior Oblique Overaction[edit | edit source]

Ipsilateral hypertropia that increases on adduction to the contralateral side. Ex.: Left inferior oblique overaction causes a left hypertropia in right gaze. 

Other features: If primary and bilateral, it gives rise to a Y-pattern, with divergence in upgaze; if secondary, i.e. due to a paresis of another vertical muscle, it may give rise to a V pattern, with additional convergence in downgaze.  When it is primary (not related to a paresis of another vertical muscle), the head tilt- test is negative (the superior rectus and oblique muscles are ‘’working’’).1

It is frequently bilateral and associated with a horizontal strabismus, although it may be isolated.

Causes:

  • Primary
  • Secondary to an ipsilateral superior oblique paresis or a contralateral superior rectus paresis.

Unilateral Inferior Oblique Paresis[edit | edit source]

Contralateral hypertropia due to overaction of the yoke muscle (SR). Increase of vertical deviation in adduction and upgaze to the contralateral side. Hypertropia, that increases on head tilt to the contralateral side. Ex.: Left inferior oblique paresis causes a right hypertropia on right and up gaze and head tilt to the right. 

It is a rare etiology and a bilateral involvement is very uncommon.

Causes: 1,19

  • Most frequently idiopathic or iatrogenic (following anterior transposition surgery – anti-elevation syndrome).
  • Congenital
  • Traumatic
  • Vascular
  • Neurological

Superior Oblique Overaction[edit | edit source]

Vertical deviation, that increases on adduction to the contralateral side. Ex.: A left superior oblique overaction causes a right hypertropia on right gaze. 

Other features: Intorsion and abduction in downgaze. If congenital, the intorsion is frequently only objective and not subjective, since there is sensory adaptation. It frequently coexists with an underaction of the contralateral IR and intermittent exotropia. Sometimes it can give rise to an acquired Brown’s syndrome, due to SO contracture (for the differential diagnosis between SO overaction and Brown’s syndrome, see the differential diagnosis section).1. A vertical deviation in primary position is more frequently associated with a unilateral or assymetric  SO paresis 3.  When bilateral, it frequently gives rise to lambda-pattern, with accentuated exotropia in downgaze. 1

It is more frequently bilateral. It often coexists with an intermitent exotropia or other forms of horizontal strabismus.

Causes:

  • Primary
  • Secondary to a contralateral inferior rectus paresis.

Displaced Horizontal Recti[edit | edit source]

If horizontal recti are displaced superior- or inferiorly, they act as additional elevators or depressors. V and A pattern’s may result simulating oblique muscle paresis/overactions.

Causes 1,21:

  • Congenital (ex.: Craniosynostosis; extorted orbit)
  • Iatrogenic (ex.: Following strabismus surgery)
  • High myopia, where a posterior staphyloma misplaces the lateral rectus inferiorly.

Brown's Syndrome[edit | edit source]

Vertical deviation, due to restrictive limitation of elevation, especially in adduction - Y-pattern.

Other features: Face turn to the contralateral side; compensatory chin elevation. 

Cause1,22,23,24,25,26,27,28:

  • Congenital (Ex.: Inelasticity of the SO muscle-tendon complex; pseudo-Brown's sundrome due to inferior orbital adhesions; inferior displacement of the lateral rectus). A spontaneous resolution of congenital Brown’s syndrome has been reported. 29, 30
  • Iatrogenic (Ex.: Following glaucoma, oculoplastics or strabismus surgery; otorringologic surgery)
  • Inflamation of the trochlea (Ex.: Rheumathoid arthritis; systemic lupus erythematosus)
  • Traumatic
  • Nasal sinus afections
  • Tight superior oblique muscle (Ex.: Thyroid ophthalmopathy; secondary to superior oblique overaction)
  • Neoplastic
  • Hurler-Scheie syndrome
  • Ideopathic

Canine Tooth Syndrome[edit | edit source]

In addition to the restrictive elevation, there is also a SO paresis. It is frequently traumatic.1

Pseudoinferior Rectus Palsy[edit | edit source]

Slight hypertropia in primary position as muscular function is preserved from upgaze to primary position, and a large hypertropia from primary position to downgaze. It can be caused by an adherence of the inferior rectus to the orbital floor following a traumatic fracture, giving rise to a muscle slack in front of the adherence. 1

Other complex forms of strabismus or involving multiple muscles[edit | edit source]

Dissociated Vertical Deviation[edit | edit source]

Hypertropia of one eye without hypotropia of the fellow eye, that becomes manifest when binocular fusion is interrupted either by occlusion or by spontaneous dissociation. 1

Other features: Abduction and extortion. Increased vertical deviation on head tilt to the ipsilateral side . 1

Most frequently both eyes are affected, although it may be assymetrical . When bilateral, the vertical deviation of each eye is not related to the other, as in true hypertropia (no yoke muscle overaction is present).1, 31

Cause: Any cause leading to a disruption of normal binocular development can be at it's origin. Rarely primary.

Thyroid Ophthalmopathy[edit | edit source]

Hypotropia due to a restrictive IR muscle

Other features: Compensatory face turn and chin elevation away from the affected side.

Although any extra-ocular muscle can be involved, the IR is the most frequently affected, followed by the medial rectus 3, 32. Intraocular pressure may increase when looking away from the restriction 1,3. Other clinical signs are proptosis; lid retraction; compressive optic nerve dysfunction; conjunctival hyperemia and chemosis and corneal affections due to exposure 33,34,35.  

Iatrogenic Strabismus[edit | edit source]

Frequently due to peri-orbital fat adhesions to the eye globe, leading to a restrictive syndrome (Ex.: pseudo-Brown's syndrome), or following retinal surgery:

  • Scleral buckle with posterior slippage, entrapment or splitting of extraocular muscles and anterior displacement of an oblique muscle. 1,36
  • Following ocular surgery (Ex.: Strabismus surgery; glaucoma surgery, especially with the Baervelt device or due to a mass effect caused by the bubble37; oculoplastic surgery 38)

Duane's Syndrome[edit | edit source]

Sometimes associated with a hypertropia in adduction, due to aberrant innervation of vertical muscles or a restrictive lateral muscle.

Large Angle Exotropia[edit | edit source]

Hypertropia or hypotropia in in adduction. – X- pattern  

It is caused by a tight, contracted lateral rectus. As the eye tries to adduct, it slips below or above the eyeball, causing an upward or downward vertical deviation 1,3

Myasthenia Gravis[edit | edit source]

A very rare form of isolated IR affection has been described 39

Congenital Fibrosis of the Extraocular Muscles:[edit | edit source]

May affect any extraocular muscle, but sometimes affects solely the inferior rectus. It is thought to be related to innervational and structural abnormalities of the extraocular muscles. 3,40,41

Diagnosis[edit | edit source]

Ocular Deviation Tests to asses Hypertropia[edit | edit source]

Hirschberg Test[edit | edit source]

A light source located in front of the examiners eyes is directed at the patients eyes, while the patient is asked to fixate the light source directly. The corneal light reflex is observed. The Hirschberg test is considered normal when the corneal light reflexes are slightly decentred nasally (about 5º, due to angle kappa). In the case of a hypertropia, the light reflex of the deviated eye is located below the light reflex of the fixing eye. The amount of deviation can be grossly estimated by multiplying the mm of deviation by 15PD.42,43

Krimsky Test[edit | edit source]

This test uses prisms to complement the Hirschberg test. Prisms are positioned in front of the deviating eye, base-down in the case of a hypertropia, and are progressively increased until a neutral Hirschberg test is obtained. It is particularly helpful in patients that don’t collaborate well in the former test, especially with low visions.

Cover/Uncover Test[edit | edit source]

The cover/uncover test allows for the diagnosis of tropias, when performed correctly.  In order to achieve this, the physician needs to briefly cover the eye that is fixing and see if there is a refixation movement of the fellow eye. In the case of a hypertropia, the non-fixing eye moves downward as it takes up fixation. If no refixation is observed the other eye may be the fixing one, in which case it is covered and the test is performed again.  It is very important for the cover to be very brief, since a prolonged cover will break binocular fusion and provoke a possible phoria that can be misinterpreted as a -tropia. A pure -phoria won’t have a positive cover/uncover test, while a -tropia is also associated with positive alternate cover test.

Simultaneous Prism Cover Test[edit | edit source]

A test that can be used to estimate the angle of deviation attributable to a -tropia. The amount of PD that have to be added in order to revoke refixation movements in the deviating eye, correspond to the deviation angle. This shouldn’t be confused with the alternating prism cover test for the correction of a -phoria component, in which case binocular fusion is interrupted. In the case of incomitant strabismus due to muscle paresis or restrictive syndromes, one prism is placed over the eye with limited ductions to measure the primary deviation and a second prism is placed in front of the good eye to measure secondary deviation. The deviation is always bigger when the eye with limited ductions is fixing (i.e. the prism is over the normal eye)

Sensory tests[edit | edit source]

Worth 4 Dot Test[edit | edit source]

Allows for the diagnosis of diplopia and suppression. A different light filter is positioned in front of each eye, a green and a red light filter. The patient is asked to look at 4 different dots: 2 green dots on either side; one red dot on top; one white dot on the bottom, forming a cross. Green dots can only be seen by the eye with the green light filter and the red dot can only be appreciated by the eye with the red filter, while the white dot can be seen by both eyes. If the patient sees 5 lights instead of 4, a diplopia is present. If the lights seen by one eye are below the expected position, it means that eye is hypertropic (the image is projected on the superior retinal quadrants, which perceive the lower visual fields).  If the patient sees less than 4 lights, suppression is present.

Red Filter Test[edit | edit source]

Same principle as the Worth dot test, but with only one light source and one light filter (red) in front of the eye to be examined. The patient seeing a pink light is a normal test result. If two lights are perceived, diplopia is present. If the patient only sees a white light, suppression of the eye with the red filter is present.  

Maddox Rod Test[edit | edit source]

One Maddox rod is positioned in front of each eye, while the patient is asked to look at a light source. This way, each eye will only see one linear streak of light. In order to test for a vertical tropia, the Maddox rods have to be placed in order to create streaks at 180º degrees. If one streak is perceived below the other, a hypertropia/phoria is present. Since the Maddox rod test is highly dissociative, it doesn’t allow for a differential diagnosis between a -phoria and –tropia.

Bagolini Striated Lens Test[edit | edit source]

This test is very similar to the Maddox rod test, with the exception that Bagolini striated lenses allow for a better view of the peripheral visual field, giving more binocular clues. This way, less dissociation is present and a better distinction between a small suppression scotomata with peripheral fusion and a large surpression scotoma is possible.

Haploscopic Tests[edit | edit source]

A haploscopic test is a test where different images are presented to each eye, which are independent from one another and can be freely moved. A synoptophore is an example of a haploscopic test. In the case of the synoptophore, the patient is asked to look inside each arm with the corresponding eye, while the arms are freely moveable and present different images to the right and left eye. The subjective angle, is the angle between the two arms, where the patients perceives the images to be fused, i.e. binocular vision is obtained. The objective angle is determined by switching the lights on and off, while changing the angle, until no refixation movements are detectable. It corresponds to the angle obtained through the alternate prism cover test. 

Signs and Symptoms[edit | edit source]

Suppression[edit | edit source]

Is not perceived by the patient, but rather by the observer. Suppression happens when the deviation starts in the early years of life (before 6 years of age), when the neuroplasticity of the visual system is still capable of suppressing the image coming from the deviated eye. The amount of surpression, which can vary from small suppression scotomas in binocular fusion to large surpression areas on the affected side and amblyopia, depends on various factors such as the size of the strabismus and age of onset.

For further signs, see diagnosis and physical examination.

Diplopia[edit | edit source]

Occurs when the deviation is acquired after a significant maturation of the visual system (7 to 8 years of age), when suppressive mechanisms are no longer initiated. Younger children may also have transitory diplopia in acquired forms of strabismus, before suppression kicks in.  In the case of a hypertropia, the diplopia is vertical.

Confusion[edit | edit source]

Two images are perceived in the same location, due to a misalignment of retinal correspondence points on the fovea. This symptom is rare, when compared to diplopia and the same rules apply for age of patients affected. It has been observed in glaucoma patients with an acquired strabismus (see strabismus following glaucoma surgery), due to tunnel vision and forced use of the fovea. 

Differential Diagnosis[edit | edit source]

Differential Diagnosis between a Paresis and a Restriction of the Antagonist[edit | edit source]

Forced Duction Test: If there is a restriction, forced duction test are positive, while a pure paresis allows full forced ductions.

Saccadic Eye Movements: In the case of a restriction, normal saccadic eye movements can be observed until the full restrictive amplitude is achieved, where it stops abruptly. In the case of a palsy, abnormal saccadic eye movements are present.

Intraocular Pressure: Restrictions may lead to increase IOPs when the eye is moving against the restriction.

Lid fissure: Restrictions may cause lid fissure narrowing, while a paresis causes lid fissure widening. 1

Bielschowsky Head Tilt Test[edit | edit source]

Allows differentiating whether a vertical deviation is due to a vertical rectus muscle paresis or an oblique muscle paresis. When the head is tilted, extortion and intortion movements are executed. The superior oblique and superior rectus muscles are intortors and the inferior oblique and inferior rectus muscle are extortors. When there is an upshoot on a head tilt, it means that there is an imbalance between vertical forces and that one of the four torsional muscles is not working properly. When there is and upshot on the side of the headtilt, either the ipsilateral SO or the contralateral IO is paretic, when there is an upshot on the contralateral side of the headtilt, either the ipsilateral IR or the contralateral SR is paretic1. To distinguish between the two entities, see the parks-three-step-test bellow.  

Oblique muscle overactions are assotiated with a negative head-tilt-test.

Parks Three-Step-Test[edit | edit source]

Which muscle is the culprid? The Parks-three-step-test allows determining which muscle is at the origin of a vertical deviation, in cases of single muscle paresis. A hypertropia can be caused by 4 different muscles, for example, a right hypertropia can be caused by a paresis of a right eye depressor (right SO, right IR), or a left eye elevator (left IO, left SR).  First of all, the primary position of gaze is inspected and it is determined which eye is hypertropic. Second, the physician has to determine to which side of gaze the hypertropia increases, for example, if a right hypertropia increases on left side gaze either the RSO or the LSR is affected.  This second step reduces the possibilities to 2 muscles; either an oblique or a rectus muscle is affected. The third and last test allows the examiner to determine if the rectus or the oblique muscle is affected: the bielschowsky head tilt test, already described above.  

The tree-step-test is not diagnostic when more than one muscle is affected or there is a restrictive cause; there are some situations where a false positive result can lead to a misdiagnosis: A paresis of more than one vertical muscle, contracture of the vertical recti, previous vertical muscle surgery, skew deviation, myasthenia gravis, dissociated vertical deviation and small vertical deviations associated with horizontal strabismus. 44

Differential Diagnosis between Brown’s Syndrome, Superior Oblique Overaction and Inferior Oblique Paresis[edit | edit source]

Patients with Brown’s syndrome will have a positive forced-duction test especially evident on the Guyton’s exaggerated forced-duction test. In Brown’s syndrome there is a Y-pattern, whereas a lambda pattern is present in SO overaction and an A pattern in IO paresis. To distinguish between a IO paresis and a SO overaction see head-tilt-test above. To make everything a bit more confusing, a Y pattern can also be present when there is an aberrant innervation of the lateral recti, in upgaze 44, or in the case of a bilateral inferior oblique overaction (see above).

Differential Diagnosis between DVD and Inferior Oblique Overaction[edit | edit source]

In inferior oblique overaction there is an increase of ipsilateral hypertropia in adduction to the contralateral side with a contralateral hypotropia, whereas in DVD, there is a hypertropia in adduction as well as in and abduction without a true contralateral hypotropia, when binocular fusion is interrupted. In order to evaluate this, the physician needs to check for a vertical deviation of the occluded eye, while the patient looks either side.  1 Translucent occluders of Spielman are particularly helpful 45.

Treatment Options[edit | edit source]

Monocular Elevation Deficit 1, 4[edit | edit source]

  • If vertical deviation in primary position of gaze, attributable to a restriction of the IR on forced ductions: Inferior rectus recession. In the case of a large angle strabismus, a contralateral superior rectus recession may be indicated.
  • If superior rectus palsy is: Superior transposition of half tendon lengths of medial and lateral recti or Knapp procedure. In the case of forced duction limitation, add an inferior rectus recession to the former.

Pseudo - Inferior Rectus Underaction (as in orbital floor fracture and muscle entrapment) 1,3[edit | edit source]

  • If due to restriction and minimal hypertropia in primary gaze: recection of the ipsilateral IR.
  • If a large hypertropia is present on primary gaze position: Ipsilateral IR recession + contralateral SR or IR recessions. An inverse Knapp procedure may be necessary.
  • In the case of orbital floor fracture with IR affection:
    • Orbital floor repair, if indicated.
    • If 8-15PD in primary position: Unilateral IR recession.
    • If there is a large hypotropia in upgaze even in the case of a <8PD deviation in primary position: IR recession and an additional contralateral assymetrical IR recession or contralateral SR recession may be indicated
    • If >15PD in primary position: Ipsilateral IR recession plus contralateral SR recession.  
    • In pseudo-inferior rectus palsy with hypertropia in primary position: Ipsilateral muscle slack reduction through a plication + contralateral IR recession. 

Superior Oblique Underaction[edit | edit source]

Unilateral 1,3,47:

  • If <10DP hypertropia in primary position, IO overaction more significant than SO underaction (deviation greater in upgaze): Ipsilateral graded inferior oblique anteriorization (weaking procedure)
  • If >15DP hypertropia in primary position (or deviation bigger in downgaze): Ipsilateral graded inferior oblique anteriorization + contralateral inferior rectus recession (yoke muscle).


Superior oblique tightening procedures are discouraged due to the risk of iatrogenic Brown’s syndrome, they are however indicated in rare situations where there is an extreme SO underaction due to tendon laxity tested through forced duction testing or when there is minimal IO overaction with the vertical deviation being greatest in downgaze. In this situation, superior oblique tucking procedures can be performed.

  • If the deviation has become comitant due to superior and inferior rectus contractures, respective recessions should be performed 


Bilateral 1:

In the case of a traumatic cause, it is advised to wait for 6 months and reevaluate for a potential recovery.

  • If main problem is extorsional diplopia (as in partially recovered post-traumatic paresis), with minimal hypertropia and V-pattern: Harada-Ito procedure. 
  • If a big V-pattern, with >15DP esotropia in downgaze and >10º extorsion in primary position is present; reversing hypertropias in sidegaze: Bilateral Harada-Ito + bilateral medial rectus recessions with half-tendon width inferior transpositions or superior oblique tendon tuck + bilateral medial rectus recessions with half-tendon width inferior transpositions.
  • If masked bilateral involvement or assymetric involvement is suspected: Bilateral IO graded anteriorization + contralateral IR recession or bilateral graded IO anteriorization + Harada-Ito procedure on the more affected side. 

Inferior Oblique Underaction 1,3[edit | edit source]

  • If a vertical deviation in primary position, abnormal head posture or diplopia:
    • If vertical deviation <10DP: Ipsilateral SO weakening (see superior oblique overaction)
    • If vertical deviation of >10DP: Ipsilateral SO weakening + contralateral SR weakening.

Inferior Oblique Overaction 1[edit | edit source]

  • If binocular fusion is compromised or for cosmetic reasons: A graded anteriorization of the IO is frequently sufficieny. In this procedure it is important to keep the anterior IO fibres posterior to the IR insertion in order to avoid a hypercorrection and consequent hypodeviation.
    • If bilateral, even if assymetric: Bilateral IO weakening procedures (myectomy, recession, anteriorization) should be performed, except if amblyopia is present (surgery on the good eye is discouraged).
  • In the presence of a significant Y pattern in upgaze, even if there is no significant deviation in primary position or sidegaze: Bilateral IO weakening procedures

Superior Oblique Overaction 1,48,49[edit | edit source]

SO weakening procedures: SO expander, tenotomy, tenectomy or recession.

If the patient has binocular fusion, weakening the superior oblique may give rise to extortional diplopia. In this particular case, horizontal muscle surgery or an expander may be more indicated, as suggested by Wright et al.1

In the case of a coexisting DVD, particular care has to be taken since SO weakening procedures may worsen this entity. For the treatment of a DVD, read bellow.

Brown’s Syndrome 1[edit | edit source]

  • If inflamatory: systemic nonsteroidal antiinflamatory agents, local steroid injection to the trochlea.
  • If congenital: There is an indication for surgery if there is a vertical deviation in primary position with an important face turn. SO lenghthening procedures are indicated such as: SO expander, tenotomy, tenectomy. With tenotomy and tenectomy, care should be taken for overcorrections.

Duane's Syndrome - the vertical component.1[edit | edit source]

It may be addressed surgically with a Y-splitting procedure of the ipsilateral lateral rectus muscle.

Displaced Horizontal Recti 1,3[edit | edit source]

  • Relocate horizontal rectus muscle. Hereby, lateral recti are moved towards the open end of the pattern (up in V, down in A), while medial recti are transposed to the closed end of the pattern (down in V, up in A)


It is very important to correctly diagnose the cause of A and V patterns, because one may have the false impression of oblique muscle affection. If the A or V pattern is caused by a horizontal muscle displacement, it responds poorly to oblique muscle surgery. 

Thyroid Ophthalmopathy 1,3,50,51,52[edit | edit source]

  • Medical: Systemic steroids and external beam radiation may be indicated to control inflammation.
  • Surgical: Strabismus surgery has to be postponed after orbital decompression procedures have been performed and orbital inflammation is controlled. A waiting period of 6 to 12 month following thyroid function test stabilization is recommended. The procedure of choice is the recession of affected muscles. In the case of IR involvement with a vertical deviation >18-20DP, a bilateral recession is advised. Late overcorrections are frequent. Wright et al. advise the use of non-reabsorbable (ex.:6-0 Mersilene) sutures in order to avoid this complication. The use of adjustable sutures has also been advised by Lueder.

Dissociated Vertical Deviation 1,3[edit | edit source]

  • If cosmetically intolerable wright or if noticeable AA: SR recessions can be performed, although a complete resolution is rarely obtainable.
    • If associated with an IO overaction: Sole IO graded anteriorization
    • If associated with an SO overaction: Treat the A pattern with horizontal muscle transpositions, or an undercorrected SO weakening procedure, since the latter may aggravate the symptoms of DVD
    • If both eyes can fixate: Bilateral SR recessions, with assymetric recessions if assymetric
    • If overcorrected: Associate an IR plication or resection

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