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Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Dis. 2011 Nov;128(5):275-7. doi: 10.1016/j.anorl.2011.02.011. Epub 2011 May 25.

Facial palsy associated with leptospirosis.

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  • 1Service de réanimation polyvalente A4, CHU Hassan II, BP 1835, Fès, Morocco. bouazzaoui79@hotmail.fr

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The authors report a rare case of facial palsy associated with leptospirosis.

CASE REPORT:

A 60-year-old man was admitted to ICU with severe leptospirosis. On the eighth day of hospitalisation, he developed left peripheral facial palsy with a favourable course in response to corticosteroids.

DISCUSSION:

Several types of neurological complications of leptospirosis have been reported: encephalitis, myelitis, stroke, cerebral arteritis, mononeuritis, polyradiculoneuropathy, and cranial nerve palsy. Peripheral facial palsy is a rare complication of leptospirosis.

CONCLUSION:

This case illustrates the possible association between leptospirosis and facial palsy.

Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

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