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Clin Infect Dis. 2007 Mar 15;44(6):e57-61. Epub 2007 Feb 8.

Bilateral Bell palsy and acute HIV type 1 infection: report of 2 cases and review.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Unit, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Universitat Aut├▓noma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.


Two adult patients who presented to a hospital with bilateral facial Bell palsy who were also experiencing human immunodeficiency virus type 1 seroconversion are described. Ten additional cases retrieved from the literature are also reviewed. Bell palsy appeared a median of 15 days after the beginning of the clinical disease, and aseptic meningitis was an invariable concomitant of facial neuropathy. All but 1 patient (8.3%) recovered without sequelae.

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