Cat scratch disease in the parotid gland presenting with facial paralysis

Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1990 Dec;28(6):413-5. doi: 10.1016/0266-4356(90)90042-j.


Facial paralysis due to cat scratch disease (CSD) has not been described previously. A case is reported where this self limiting benign condition presented in a child with a parotid lump and a lower motor neurone facial paralysis affecting the marginal mandibular branch of the facial nerve simulating a malignant tumour of the parotid gland. This case demonstrates a highly unusual presentation of CSD.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cat-Scratch Disease / complications*
  • Cat-Scratch Disease / diagnosis
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Facial Paralysis / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parotid Diseases / complications*
  • Parotid Diseases / diagnosis
  • Parotid Neoplasms / diagnosis