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Case Rep Oncol. 2011 Jan 25;4(1):35-8. doi: 10.1159/000324182.

Facial nerve palsy: an unusual presenting feature of small cell lung cancer.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey.


Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the world and is the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and women; it is responsible for 1.3 million deaths annually worldwide. It can metastasize to any organ. The most common site of metastasis in the head and neck region is the brain; however, it can also metastasize to the oral cavity, gingiva, tongue, parotid gland and lymph nodes. This article reports a case of small cell lung cancer presenting with metastasis to the facial nerve.


Facial nerve metastasis; Facial nerve paralysis; Small cell lung cancer

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