A Rare Case of Facial Palsy Due to Mucormycosis (Short Report)


A very uncommon instance of facial nerve palsy involving isolated temporal bone with associated uncontrolled diabetes mellitus has been noticed. A 53-year-old diabetic male presented himself with facial asymmetry, ear pain, and discharge in the right ear of one-month duration. Clinical examination revealed grade IV [House-Brackmann] right sided facial palsy, and otoscopy of small central perforation. Clinically acute otitis media with facial palsy diagnosis was made. There was minimal response to medical treatment. As per CT scan and audiometry findings, patient was subjected for exploratory mastoidectomy showing pale granulation tissue involving geniculate ganglion of facial nerve. The histopathology was suggestive of mucormycosis, an unusual presentation in middle ear. The patient was treated with injectable Amphotericin B. This case highlights a rare cause of isolated facial palsy and physicians should be aware of such atypical clinical presentation.

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Shah, V. , Ganapathy, H. , Gopalakrishnan, R. and Geetha, N. (2015) A Rare Case of Facial Palsy Due to Mucormycosis. International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, 4, 224-228. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2015.43038.

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