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Bell’s palsy with ipsilateral numbness
  1. L J Vanopdenbosch1,
  2. K Verhoeven1,
  3. J W Casselman2
  1. 1Department of Neurology, AZ Sint Jan, Brugge, Belgium
  2. 2Department of Radiology, AZ Sint Jan, Brugge, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr L J Vanopdenbosch
 Department of Neurology, AZ Brugge, Ruddershove 10, 8000 Brugge, Belgium;


Bell’s palsy is an idiopathic facial palsy of the peripheral type. A herpes virus is the most likely mechanism. We report a patient with the often encountered combination of a facial palsy with ipsilateral sensory changes. Magnetic resonance imaging showed had contrast enhancement in the greater petrosal nerve. Viral spread through anatomical connections could be an explanation for the association of facial palsy with numbness.

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  • Competing interests: none declared