Magnetic resonance imaging in congenital facial palsy

Brain Dev. 2008 Mar;30(3):206-10. doi: 10.1016/j.braindev.2007.07.014. Epub 2007 Sep 14.


We report magnetic resonance (MR) findings in a patient with congenital unilateral facial palsy and a patient with atypical Moebius syndrome. MR imaging showed a complete deficiency of right facial nerve in the patient with congenital unilateral facial palsy and bilateral, thin proximal facial nerves in the Moebius syndrome patient. Three-dimensional constructive interference in steady state (3D-CISS) MR imaging, especially reconstructions perpendicular to the bilateral internal auditory channel, was very useful when diagnosing patients with facial palsy due to the associated facial nerve abnormalities.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Facial Paralysis / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male