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Unusual Complication of Otitis Media With Effusion: Facial Nerve Paralysis

Vayisoglu, Yusuf MD; Gorur, Kemal; Ozcan, Cengiz; Korlu, Savaş

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: July 2011 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 1525-1527
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31821d4e1b
Brief Clinical Studies

Facial nerve paralysis (FNP) is a very rare complication of otitis media with effusion (OME). There are few patients with OME and FNP in the literature. A 5-year-old girl was admitted to our department with right facial weakness. Right FNP and right OME were diagnosed on the examination. After medical treatment and ventilation tube insertion, FNP completely resolved. The symptoms, signs, and management of this patient are presented.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Mersin, Mersin, Turkey.

Received October 9, 2010.

Accepted for publication November 19, 2010.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Yusuf Vayisoglu, MD, Mersin Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Hastanesi, Kulak Burun Bogaz Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, 33130, Zeytinlibahçe, Mersin, Türkiye; E-mail:

This clinical report was presented as a poster presentation at the Turkish Otorhinolaryngology Society Meeting, 2007, Antalya, Turkey.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2011 Mutaz B. Habal, MD