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Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2010 Feb;39(2):192-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2009.12.003. Epub 2010 Jan 13.

Unilateral facial nerve paralysis following an infected lower third molar.

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Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic, Dental & Maxillofacial Centre, Royal Medical Services, Bahrain Defence Force Hospital, Bahrain.


The authors report the case of a 35-year-old Arab man who presented with unilateral facial nerve palsy in the presence of an infected lower third molar. The paralysis occurred within hours of the development of a left-sided facial swelling. Surgical removal of the tooth and drainage of the abscess produced significant improvement in facial nerve function, and total resolution occurred prior to clinical follow-up 10 days later. The authors discuss the aetiology of this hemifacial paralysis and its significance as a clinical sign of third molar odontogenic infection.

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