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May 1983

Peripheral Facial Palsy With Intact Taste and Tearing Caused by Intrapontine Lesion

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta (Dr Spector) and the Department of Neurology, Georgetown University Medical; Center, Washington, DC (Dr Stark).

Arch Neurol. 1983;40(5):317-319. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050050085014

• Two patients with documented lesions in the floor of the fourth ventricle had unilateral paralysis of the upper and lower facial muscles but normal taste sensation and tearing function. These findings contradict the widely accepted clinical notion that an intraparenchymal lesion of the facial nerve invariably causes loss of gustatory and lacrimal function.

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