Metabolic facial paralysis in an infant

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985 Dec;111(12):822-5. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1985.00800140066013.


A 2-month-old infant developed facial paralysis with a presentation that masqueraded as a possible middle ear tumor. The cause of the paralysis eventually was related to a metabolic consequence of his underlying disorder, cystic fibrosis. To our knowledge, the association of vitamin A imbalance, pseudotumor cerebri, and facial paralysis has not previously been discussed in the otolaryngologic literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Ear Neoplasms / complications
  • Ear Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Ear, Middle
  • Facial Paralysis / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / complications*
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri / diagnosis
  • Vitamin A Deficiency / complications*
  • Vitamin A Deficiency / diagnosis