Levator palpebrae superioris muscle

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The levator palpebrae superioris muscle is a small muscle of the superior orbit that elevates and retracts the upper eyelid. It is not part of the extraocular muscles; it does not insert on the globe and therefore does not produce eye movements. It is composed of skeletal muscle but on its undersurface smooth muscle fibers form the superior tarsal muscle (Müller muscle) which is under sympathetic control.

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Clinical significance

Anatomy: Head and neck
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rID: 51989
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Levator palpebrae superioris muscles

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    Figure 1: anatomy of the eye and extraocular muscles
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