What is Duane syndrome?

Also known as: DS, DR syndrome, Duane radial ray syndrome (DRRS), Duane retraction syndrome, eye retraction syndrome, retraction syndrome, Stilling-Duane syndrome.

Duane syndrome is a rare congenital eye movement disorder (a form of strabismus) present at birth (more often in girls) where there is difficulty moving the eyes (one or both) horizontally, inwards towards the nose, outwards towards the ears or in both directions (a miswiring of the eye muscles). In about 30% of children it’s associated with other conditions or syndromes.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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