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Recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis: a case report / Tekrarlayan idiyopatik fasial paralizi: olgu sunumu.

Introduction

Idiopathic facial paralysis is the acute mononeuropathy of the seventh cranial nerve, and it is recurrent in 2-9% of the cases (1, 2). The first recurrence is usually observed within 10 years (1). As the number of recurrences increases, the incidence rate decreases. Multiple recurrences of idiopathic facial paralysis in a patient may be the sign or symptom of a serious illness. Therefore, systemic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and tumors that might cause facial nerve compression should be investigated in patients with recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis. Moreover, cases of recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis may be familial (1). It is thus critical to acquire a detailed family history of the patient. In this case report, a patient with recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis is presented along with a review of the relevant literature.

Case Presentation

A 52-year-old female patient with right idiopathic facial paralysis for three weeks admitted to our outpatient clinic. The patient had a history of hypertension for 17 years and diabetes for 15 years. She was on oral antihypertensive and oral anti-diabetic drugs. She had used steroids for five weeks before her admission to our outpatient clinic. The patient's history did not indicate the use of any other drugs. She experienced left facial paralysis three times (in 1998, 2003 and 2004; two ipsilateral and one contralateral). Her sister also reported an episode of right idiopathic peripheral facial paralysis, but only once, and without recurrence. The patient did not have any history of recurrent viral infection, alcohol consumption or smoking.

The patient's face appeared asymmetric on physical examination. The right side of her forehead did not show any wrinkles, and the nasolabial groove was deepened. She was not able to raise her right eyebrow, blink her right eye or frown. She could not show her teeth on the right side of her mouth or whistle (Figure 1). The patient had grade VI facial nerve paralysis according to the House-Brackmann facial nerve stages grading system (3). Her blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein, biochemistry, thyroid function tests, and vitamin B12 values were normal. Electroneuromyography (ENMG) examination was performed four weeks after the patient was paralyzed, and the electrophysiologic findings indicated total axonal degeneration of the right facial nerve and partial mild and chronic effects on the left facial nerve. To eliminate the possibility of a mass that would cause trans-mastoidal compression, internal acoustic canal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed, and the results were normal. Audiogram was normal. Results of cranial MRIs (with and without contrast), which were done to address the possibility of an intracranial mass, were also normal. Upon the diagnosis of idiopathic facial paralysis, the patient was treated with a 36-session physical therapy program that consisted of regular applications of hot pack (on right tragus, for 20 minutes), therapeutic ultrasound (on right tragus, 1 W/ [cm.sup.2], 5 minutes), electrical stimulation (right side of facial muscles) and facial exercises. The patient was discharged with sequelae findings (House-Brackmann grade V).

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Discussion

In 70% of the patients with recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis, the first recurrence is observed within 10 years (4). It should be noted that the first recurrence in the case presented here was observed after five years, in accordance with the literature. The recurrence of idiopathic facial paralysis on the ipsilateral or contralateral side may be the sign of an underlying serious illness. In a study by May et al. (5), a tumor was found in 30% of the patients with recurrent ipsilateral facial paralysis. It has also been reported that cranial nerve involvement may sometimes be the first sign of neuro-meningeal lymphoma (6). Therefore, in the present case, as a first step, we investigated and eliminated the possibility of a tumor. In pregnancy, hypertension and diabetes mellitus increase the risk of developing recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis (7). In a study by Devriese et al. (7), a significant association was found between recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis and high blood pressure. In the case of our patient, the existence of a long-standing diabetes and hypertension led us to believe that these illnesses might be the cause of the recurrence of the patient's facial paralysis. The fact that our patient's sister also had facial paralysis suggests a familial tendency in the case of the facial paralysis of our patient. Among the cases of recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis, there is a 2.5 times greater probability of a family history of this illness (1). Familial and hereditary recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis have been reported with many families. Yanagihara et al. (8) reported the incidence of familial idiopathic facial paralysis to be 4% and the repetition rate of facial paralysis to be 11%.

It has been reported that recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis might occasionally be a symptom of the neurological involvement of Behcet's disease (9). In our patient, we did not find any signs or symptoms of Behcet's disease. Another rare cause of recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis is Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome (10). In this syndrome, recurrent episodes of swelling of the lips and face, tongue and recurrent facial paralysis attacks are observed. Since there was no indication of the symptoms of Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome in our patient's history, this syndrome was not considered as a possible diagnosis.

Lyme disease is among the very common causes of bilateral or recurrent facial paralysis (11,12). However, no clinical findings of Lyme disease such as erythema migraines, fever, fatigue or arthritis were observed during the physical examination or in the patient's medical history. Also, the bilateral facial paralysis cases with an underlying Lyme disease have mostly been reported in childhood. Therefore, the possibility of Lyme disease was excluded in the differential diagnosis.

Although rarely seen, recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis might be observed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Ramsay Hunt syndrome (herpes zoster oticus) is the infection of geniculate ganglia by varicella zoster. The symptoms of this syndrome are unilateral facial paralysis, ear pain, external ear canal or oral mucosa at the entrance of the herpetic rash, tinnitus, hearing loss, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, and nystagmus (13). In the literature, there has only been a single case report in which this syndrome was associated with recurrent unilateral facial paralysis (14). In that case report, the facial paralysis was recurrent on the same side. In the case presented here, the recurrence was bilateral. Moreover, the clinical findings of Ramsay Hunt syndrome were not observed in our patient's history, which led us to exclude this diagnosis.

In a retrospective study by Van Amstel et al. (4), 98 recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis patients were examined. Among them, 11 patients had three or more attacks of ipsilateral and contralateral facial paralysis, while three patients developed three or more attacks of ipsilateral paralysis only. In the case of ipsilateral recurrent paralysis, the response to treatment was found to be worse. In a study of Hallmo et al. (15), it was reported that permanent sequelae were seen more often in the cases of ipsilateral recurrent facial paralysis. Unlike the cases in the literature, in our patient, who experienced many recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis attacks (3 ipsilateral, 1 contralateral), permanent sequelae developed on the contralateral side. While for most of the patients with idiopathic facial paralysis, sequelae may improve without treatment, for some, minor facial dysfunction sequelae remain. Physical therapy agents are often used in the treatment of idiopathic facial paralysis cases, but the effectiveness is not very well known. Controlled clinical trials of physical therapy agents have also shown agents to be of no benefit or even harmful. Facial exercises are known to reduce recovery time and decrease sequelae (16).

In conclusion, recurrence may be seen in a small number of idiopathic facial paralysis patients. Systemic diseases of diabetes and hypertension should be considered as an underlying reason in cases of recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis, especially when both ipsilateral and contralateral paralysis are observed. Further, it should be noted that patients with recurrent idiopathic facial paralysis might have a familial predisposition.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest is declared by authors.

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Hale Hekim Baloglu (1), Serpil Savas (1), Feride Ekimler Suslu (1), Mustafa Tuz (2)

(1.) Suleyman Demirel Universitesi Tip Fakultesi, Fiziksel Tip ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dali, Isparta, Turkey

(2.) Suleyman Demirel Universitesi Tip Fakultesi, Kulak Burun Bogaz Hastaliklari Anabilim Dali, Isparta, Turkey

III.Ulusal Romatizmal Hastaliklar Kongresi (14-18 Mayis 2008, Antalya)'nde sunulmustur

Address for Correspondence: Dr. Hale Hekim Baloglu, Suleyman Demirel Universitesi Tip Fakultesi, Fiziksel Tip ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dali, Isparta, Turkey Phone: +90 246 211 25 26 E-mail: halehekim@gmail.com

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