Congenital peripheral facial palsy associated with cerebellopontine angle arachnoid cyst

Pediatr Neurosurg. 2004 Nov-Dec;40(6):297-300. doi: 10.1159/000083743.


Objects: A rare case of cerebellopontine angle arachnoid cyst leading to congenital peripheral facial palsy was presented.

Clinical presentation: A 1-year-old girl presented with peripheral facial paralysis since birth. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed left cerebellopontine angle arachnoid cyst causing moderate displacement of the brain stem.

Intervention: Retrosigmoid suboccipital craniotomy was performed and microsurgical resection of the cyst wall and fenestration of the cyst to the basal cisterns were achieved.

Conclusions: Cerebellopontine angle arachnoid cyst should be considered as a potential cause of congenital peripheral facial palsy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arachnoid Cysts / complications*
  • Arachnoid Cysts / diagnosis
  • Arachnoid Cysts / surgery
  • Cerebellar Diseases / complications*
  • Cerebellar Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cerebellar Diseases / surgery
  • Cerebellopontine Angle*
  • Facial Paralysis / congenital*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant