Transient unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy: a case report

Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 1994 May;96(2):148-51. doi: 10.1016/0303-8467(94)90050-7.


Transient unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy is very rare. We report an 81-year-old woman with right hypoglossal nerve palsy who recovered in 4 weeks without specific treatment. Extensive investigations did not disclose a cause for her hypoglossal nerve palsy. We believe that hypoglossal nerve palsy may sometimes be self-limited, just as Bell's palsy is.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cranial Nerve Diseases / etiology*
  • Cranial Nerve Diseases / physiopathology
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoglossal Nerve* / physiopathology
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Paralysis / etiology*
  • Paralysis / physiopathology
  • Remission, Spontaneous