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July 1981

Familial Recurrent Peripheral Facial Palsy: Observations of the Pediatric Population

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology (Drs Auerbach, Depiero, and Mejlszenkier) and Pediatrics (Dr Mejlszenkier), Boston University Medical School and Affiliated Hospitals; and the Department of Neurology, Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Arch Neurol. 1981;38(7):463-464. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510070097022

• Idiopathic peripheral facial palsies in the pediatric population have been noted to carry a favorable prognosis. We describe three members of a family, including two children with recurrent facial palsy, and review the relevant literature. As recurrent peripheral facial palsies carry a relatively poor prognosis, the physician should be alerted to this possibility in any child who has an idiopathic peripheral facial palsy and a positive family history.