MRI findings in two cases of acute facial paralysis

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989 Nov;101(5):562-5. doi: 10.1177/019459988910100509.


This article describes the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the evaluation of the facial nerve paralysis of Bell's palsy and herpes zoster oticus. Identification of the nature of inflammatory facial nerve paralysis often presents a diagnostic dilemma. The site of involvement along the course of the nerve may have importance when treatment options are being considered. We have found MRI to be a unique method for localizing the site of nerve injury in both Bell's palsy and Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Stem / pathology
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Facial Nerve / pathology
  • Facial Paralysis / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Herpes Zoster / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male