Unusual and benign course of idiopathic facial diplegia

J Clin Neurosci. 2013 Jun;20(6):904-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.07.017. Epub 2013 Apr 6.


Bilateral facial nerve palsy or facial diplegia is a rare condition that occurs mainly in the context of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Its natural history has never been studied. We report four patients with isolated idiopathic bilateral facial nerve palsy with meningitis, no evidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome and rapid and complete recovery. Our report aims to draw attention to an unusual variant of bilateral facial palsy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • C-Reactive Protein / metabolism
  • Facial Nerve Diseases / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Facial Nerve Diseases / diagnosis
  • Facial Nerve Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Facial Paralysis / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Facial Paralysis / diagnosis
  • Facial Paralysis / physiopathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neural Conduction / physiology


  • C-Reactive Protein