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Ann Emerg Med. 2005 Jul;46(1):64-6.

Pontine hemorrhage presenting as an isolated facial nerve palsy.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.

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  • Ann Emerg Med. 2005 Dec;46(6):555. Thompson, Trevonne T [corrected to Thompson, Trevonne M].


We report a case of an isolated facial nerve palsy in a young, otherwise healthy man who was found to have a pontine hemorrhage on computed tomography. Pontine hemorrhage is a rare cause of facial nerve palsy and has been reported in the literature as an isolated neurologic finding in only 1 other instance. This case reminds the emergency physician to remain vigilant for alternative causes of facial nerve palsy other than "idiopathic" Bell's palsy.

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