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June 27, 2011
Melkersson-Rosenthal Syndrome is an uncommon cause of facial nerve palsy. It is a granulomatous neurocutaneous disease of unclear etiology with a possible familial component. The peripheral facial nerve palsy may be unilateral or bilateral. The characteristic clinical triad consists of facial nerve palsies, a plicated – or fissured - tongue, and orofacial edema. The diagnosis can be difficult because only 8-18% of patients present with the entire triad.
Alendia Hartshorn, MD
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