Facial nerve palsy with acute otitis media during the first 2 weeks of life.

Journal Article

A full-term male newborn presented to us at the age of 2 weeks with left facial weakness that had started at the age of 4 days and steadily progressed over a 10-day period. Physical examination revealed a complete unilateral left peripheral facial nerve paralysis, with an erythematous dull and bulging left tympanic membrane. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were normal. The patient underwent left myringotomy and placement of a pneumatic equalization tube within 24 hours of presentation. He also received a 5-day course of prednisone and a 2-week course of antibiotics and acyclovir. Improvement of the facial paralysis was rapid, with near-complete resolution at the time of discharge home and complete resolution 6 weeks later. To our knowledge, this is the only reported case of acute otitis media with associated facial nerve palsy in a newborn during the first 2 weeks of life.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rizk, EB; El-Bitar, MA; Matae, GM; Saad, K; Mikati, MA

Published Date

  • May 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 452 - 454

PubMed ID

  • 15968933

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15968933

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0883-0738

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/08830738050200050901


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States