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Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2012;36(4):254-7. doi: 10.5152/tpd.2012.60.

Facial nerve paralysis due to intra-aural Hyalomma tick infestation.

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Department of ENT, Yeditepe University, İstanbul, Turkey.


We present the case of a 33 year-old man from a village of the north-eastern part of central Anatolia admitted to the otolaryngology department of Yeditepe University Hospital with right facial asymmetry and pain on the right ear. A tick of the genus Hyalomma was observed in the external auditory canal of the right ear and it was removed with fine cup forceps under otomicroscopy. We are of the opinion that in patients presenting with sudden acute ear pain and facial palsy, the ear canal should be examined to exclude an infestation by ticks.

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