Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2007 Sep;50(9):822-825.

Wegener's Granulomatosis Presenting as Bilateral Facial Paralysis

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-HNS, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. entkms@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

Wegener's granulomatosis is a granulomatous inflammatory process with necrotizing vasculitis. It can involve any organ in body, but primarily affects upper and lower respiratory tracts or kidney. We recently experienced an interesting case of Wegener's granulomatosis presenting as bilateral facial paralysis. A 54-year-old man was suffering from nasal stuffiness and rhinorrhea and treated with antibiotics. In spite of the treatment, the nasal symptoms were aggravated and left facial paralysis was developed suddenly with left hearing impairment. Diagnosis as Wegener's granulomatosis was supported by biopsy from nasal cavity. He underwent medical therapy with prednisone and cyclophosphamide. About 3 months after development of left facial paralysis, right facial paralysis was emerged abruptly. At 6 months after discharge, his facial nerve continued to function at a House-Brackmann grade III level.

Keyword

Wegener's granulomatosis; Facial paralysis

MeSH Terms

Anti-Bacterial Agents
Biopsy
Cyclophosphamide
Diagnosis
Facial Nerve
Facial Paralysis*
Hearing Loss
Humans
Kidney
Middle Aged
Nasal Cavity
Prednisone
Respiratory System
Vasculitis
Wegener Granulomatosis*
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Cyclophosphamide
Prednisone
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