[Facial diplegia in the course of childhood Lyme disease: bilateral enhancement of the facial nerve and MRI after injection of gadolinium]

J Neuroradiol. 1997 Dec;24(4):270-3.
[Article in French]


We report a rare case of Lyme disease presenting as a bilateral seventh cranial nerve palsy and meningitis. The MR appearance was an enhancement of the internal auditory canal segment and mastoid segment of the seventh cranial nerve, in the absence of parenchymal lesions. One should consider Lyme disease in the differential diagnosis of bilateral seventh cranial nerve palsy with enhancement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Facial Nerve Diseases / etiology*
  • Facial Paralysis / etiology*
  • Functional Laterality
  • Gadolinium*
  • Humans
  • Injections
  • Lyme Disease / complications
  • Lyme Disease / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male


  • Gadolinium